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Vol. LXXU, No. I January 7, 1950 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Tur-: Brethren Evangelist 

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Items of general Interest 



Two Pastors Hospitalized. Word has just been received 
from Sister W. R. Deeter that Brother Deeter, wiho had 
suddenly been rushed to the hospital for surgery, hoped 
to return home on Thursday, December 29th. He was a 
very sick man, but is now on the road' to recovery. 

Also word from Sister N. V. Leatherman tells us that 
Brother Leatherman has been returned to the hospital for 
the completion of a rather serious operation. 

Let us blend our prayers for the complete recovery of 
these two workers in the Lord's vineyard. 

Nappanee, Indiana. The Optimist Class (young married 
people) has spent over $400.00 in improvements in the 
church nursery. 

The Nappanee Brethren Church is cooperating in the 
community observance of the week of prayer. 

Gratis, Ohio. Approximately 100 attended the Sunday 
School Christmas party in the Sunday School rooms on 
Friday, December 23rd. A varied program was presented. 
The "Red Sox" on the Christmas tree netted $25.17 for the 
Sunday School Sound Moving Picture Projection Fund. 
Brother Crick says that under the Christmas tree was a 
quantity of "eats" which were presented to the pastor and 
wife. 

Huntington, Indiana. The Huntington Laymen served 
114 at a fish fry on December 6th. 

Brother C. Y. Gilmer says, "Baptized four junior boys 
on Sunday afternoon, December 18th." 

Eighteen carolers caroled at eighteen homes on Thurs- 
day evening, December 22nd; returning to the church they 
were served refreshments by Mrs. Sell and Mrs. Gilmer. 

The youth of the church had charge of the morning ser- 



vice on Sunday, December 18th. A varied program was 
given. The youth have a special part in the services once 
each month. 

Cameron-Quiet Dell Circuit. Brother A. R. Baer, pastor 
of these two going churches, reports as follows: "Christ- 
mas carols were played each day of the pre-Christmas 
week from the church tower, each half hour from six to 
eight in the evening. The young people sang from seven 
to seven-thirty each evening. 

The Quiet Dell Christmas program was presented on 
Friday evening, December 23rd, and that of the Cameron 
Church on Christmas night. 

Baptismal services were held in the Cameron Church 
on Sunday afternoon, January 1st. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother D. C. White says, "There 
is no better place to end the old year than at the church." A 
"straw ride" was provided for those who desired to go, 
and all others gathered in the church basement for fellow- 
ship and entertainment, which was also enjoyed later by 
the "straw riders." Refreshments were served, after 
which a "Watch Light" service was held in the auditorium 
from eleven to midnight, with Duff Allen in charge. 

The Senior W. M. S. sent "good cheer plates" to fifteen 
shut-ins to help brighten their Christmas. 

Brother and Sister White spent New Years in the East 
with their children and Mrs. White's mother. 

Canton, Ohio. Sister McAllister sends us the following 
note: "Rev. Edwin Boardman of Ashland, Ohio, who is sup- 
plying the Canton church, has been giving us wonderful 
messages. We have been happy to have some of his fam- 
ily with us at different times. Our choir under the di- 
rection of Mrs. Kurt Beneleit, has been preparing to give 
us a real musical treat. The Christmas Pageant was given 
on Friday evening, December 23rd. The Annual Christ- 
mas dinner was held in the church basement on December 
30th with a Christmas party for young and old. Our church 
and Sunday School attendance is good." 

Washington, D. C. Rev. Jack Buckner, a converted Jew, 
was guest speaker recently at an evening service. He dem- 
onstrated the observance of the Jewish Passover. 

In practically every bulletin from Washington, Brother 
Fairbanks tells of strangers to visit the church for the 
first time. These are recorded and urgent invitations given 
to return, many of which do come again. 

Meyersdale, Penna. Brother W. C. Benshoff, Meyersdale 
pastor, says that their Home Mission offering amounted 
to $148.00, which amounts to $1.90 per member, approxi- 
mately. Keep your eyes on this growing church. 

We usually think of a midnight service as being ob- 
served at new years, but Meyersdale had a caroling and 
candle-lighting service at the church from eleven till mid- 
night on December 24th. A big day followed with a Christ- 
mas program by the children at the morning hour, and 
the combined program at the evening service. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Dr. Yaggy of Cedar Falls, Iowa, was 
guest speaker at the morning service on Christmas day. 

The choir program was combined with the candle light- 
ing service and White Gift Offering on December 18th. 

Uniontown, Penna., II. A service of dedication was held 
at the Uniontown church for the cross which was given 
to the church. Mr. John Colbert, president of the Berean 
Class, made the presentation. 

(Continued on Page 10) 



'Prayer and Giving 

Fred C. Vanator 
•-as* 

I REMEMBER the relating of an incident by a lecturer 
I once heard at a Bible Conference as he spoke on the 
relation between prayer and giving. It ran something like 
this: 

A rather new pastor was conducting one of his first ser- 
vices in his new charge. He had learned, prior to his com- 
ing, of the faithfulness of old Deacon Brown, and of his 
ability (if we can call such "ability") to pray. So early in 
this service he decided to call upon the good deacon who 
always sat up in front in the church, to offer prayer with- 
out having previously informed him. So he said, "Deacon 
Brown, will you offer prayer?" 

He was rather perturbed when Deacon Brown arose from 
his seat, came forward fumbling in his pocket, and pro- 
duced a coin which he laid on the altar. Thinking the good 
man must be hard of hearing and that he had misunder- 
stood him, ihe leaned forward and said, "Brother Brown, 
I asked you to offer prayer, not to make an offering." 

The deacon looked intently into the eyes of the pastor 
and said, "Pastor, I cannot offer prayer until I have given 
something to the Lord." 

I wonder how often we put these two great parts of 
service together? 

We hear some talk about "too many offerings" in the 
course of the year. But just how can we tell when there 
are too many offerings? Is it possible that there are too 
many activities in our Brotherhood? Just which ones are 
of the most importance, and just what ones ought to be 
Jeft out or combined? And just which ones would suffer if 
they were coupled together? The answer, of course, de- 
pends on the individual point of view, and just how much 
the individual is interested in the advance of the entire 
work of the Lord. 

Paul has the answer to the question of giving as he 
writes to the church at Corinth (1 Cor. 16:2) — "Upon the 
first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in 
store, as God has prospered him ..." Or as the latest 
version, as translated by Charles B. Williams, has it, "On 
the first day of the week each one of you must put aside 
and store up something in proportion as he is pros- 
pered ..." 

Now with God's portion "stored up" to meet the needs 
of the church (and remember it is to be laid by as we are 
prospered), is there any difference whether there are four, 
or forty offerings a year? After all, giving is a matter 
of desire anyway. 

In the current "Reader's Digest" there is a little four 
line poem that we feel constrained to quote. Here it is — 
read it and meditate. 

"What! Giving again?" I ask in dismay, 

"And must I keep giving and giving away?" 



"Oh, no," said the angel, looking me through, 
"Just keep giving till the Master stops giving to you." 

Has the Master withheld His gracious giving to you ? 
Or have you just forgotten the bounties of His grace that 
are yours? 

What about the money that is "laid by" in accordance 
with God's plan? One thing that should be held in mind 
is, that whether it is "laid by" or whether it is ignored, 
we are in no wise relieved of our responsibility — the ob- 
ligation which God has placed upon us is still there. It 
may be, as the old negro preacher said, when he was ask- 
ing for a large offering, and was reminding the congre- 
gation of the grace of God toward them, only to be met 
with the interruption of one brother with the words, "But 
parson, de waters ob life life am free?" answered rather 
pointedly, "Yes, certainly ma' brother, but it sure takes 
money to pay fo' de pipen', an' dat's what we is askin' 
fo now — pipen' money." 

Or it may be we have not been thinking of the general 
"interests" of the church as being God's work." But any 
work for the church, be it for the advancement of the cause 
of Christ, is God's work. I remember of hearing of a man 
making this testimony in church, "I've been a Christian 
for forty years, and, Thank God, it hasn't cost me a cent." 

Just now these general "Interest" offerings of our 
Brotherhood will come along in rather rapid succession — 
The Publication Day Offering in this present month of 
January; the Benevolent Offering in February; then the 
Foreign Mission offering at the Easter Time. 

At this time, of course, we are deeply interested in the 
Publication Offering. Read Brother Myron Kimmel's ar- 
ticle on page four. He certainly analyzes the situation in 
a very splendid manner. The need is great — but we be- 
lieve we have a great God, who answers prayer, and we 
ask you to join your prayers with ours, for a magnificent 
offering again this year. In fact, we know that if you will 
pray for the offering, you will give to the offering, for 
you cannot consistently pray for an interest and not give 
to its support. And anyway, it is only your own business 
that you are supporting — for the Publishing Plant is the 
property of The Brethren Church, of which you are a part. 

Watch next week's issue for some definite facts and fig- 
ures. 

And in the meantime, "Think it over!" and pray over 
it! And get ready to give to this offering! 



During an earthquake that occurred a few years since, 
the inhabitants of a small village were generally very 
much alarmed, but they were at the same time surprised 
at the calmness and apparent joy of an old lady whom 
they all knew. At length one of them, addressing the old 
lady, said: "Mother, are you not afraid?" "No," said the 
mother in Israel, "I rejoice to know that I have a God that 
can shake the world!" — Charles H. Spurgeon, Volume II 
of "Great Pulpit Masters" (Revell). 



PAGE FOUR 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



First Notice Of The Annual Publication Offering 

Offering Date - Any Sunday In January You Desire To Use 




THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING COMPANY 

IS DEPENDING ON YOU AGAIN THIS YEAR 

Myron Kimmel, Vice President Brethren Publishing Co. 



mercial jobs during the year. We cooperate with other 
printers on quality, price and delivery dates. If we did 
not do this type of work, our church publications would 
cost so much that the individual churches could not afford 
to buy them. While we realize a small profit on most com- 
mercial jobs . . . the religious Publications that w.e pro- 
duce for your church and allied Organizations show no 
profit. In many cases they are produced at an actual loss. 
This in no way reflects upon management. It is for this 
reason that we ask your help once each year. 

The Publications of and for the Brethren Church are 
available to you at a nominal cost because of your gen- 
erosity. These Publications are the nervous system of our 
entire Church. Without them it would be difficult if not 
impossible for the Brethren Church to continue as a united 
Denomination. 

It has been said that, "the more a man invests in a 
project, the more interest he has therein." That same thing 
can apply to your Publishing Interests. The Brethren 
Publishing Company is YOUR Company. YOU own it; 
YOU elect the management. We serve YOUR Church . . . 
YOUR College . . . YOUR Mission Boards . . . YOUR 
Women's Missionary Society. 

We know that YOU want to help us so we may continue 
to help YOU. You now have the opportunity to help by 
giving all you can to the Publication Day Offering. 

If you are thinking of giving a dollar — give two dollars. 
If you consider two dollars "your share" — think again, 
then give a five spot. If you can afford to give $20 — 
perhaps $25 would make you feel just a little better. 

We know you will be generous. You have always done 
a good job, and we thank you. 

— Ashland, Ohio. 



BRETHREN, you have done a good job. You have been 
asked to support your church. You have responded. 
You have been requested to give to your College. Again 
you have cooperated. You have received an annual request 
from almost every national project of the Brethren Church. 
Always you have given what you could. That is what 
makes our church, YOUR church. 

The time to receive the annual gifts for your Publish- 
ing Interests is rapidly approaching. Much could be writ- 
ten about the physical needs of your Publishing House. 
Your Publishing Company has recently installed a new 
folder. This folder replaces obsolete equipment. The new 
folder will save much time and labor costs and will en- 
able us to serve you better. 

The type setting equipment has been in use for almost 
a quarter of a century. It is rapidly becoming obsolete. 
Either it must be replaced or rebuilt and modernized. The 
new folder and the rebuilding of the "Intertypes" will 
cost an estimated $7,C|00.00. 

Your Publishing House has to compete with other pri- 
vate printing establishments. Yet we cannot operate a 
Church owned Enterprise in the same manner in which 
our competitors operate their shops. 

The Brethren Publishing Company prints many com- 



The Goal For This Offering? 
$5,000.00 



JANUARY 7, 1950 



PAGE FIVE 



How To Find Cjod Through Worship 



IN MILLET'S GREAT PAINTING, "The Angelus," he 
pictures two figures working in the fields. Suddenly the 
sound of bells is heard coming from the village church. 
Leaning on their instruments of toil, they bow their heads 
in worship. This scene emphasizes the close relationship 
between work and worship which we find abundantly il- 
lustrated in the life of Jesus. As we read the Gospels we 
are so impressed with the deeds of love and mercy which 
crowded His days that we are likely to overlook this other 
side of His life. Very much of His time was given to 
prayer and worship. Before the day began, or when it was 
ended, or in the midst of it, He would go apart from the 
crowd and the voices and duties that called Him to be 
alone with His Father. 

We are reminded also that He went as His custom was 
into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day. There was some- 
thing in public worship which even to the Son of God was 
important and worth while. 

When we were little children, we were taught by our 
parents to say our prayers. This habit has clung to most 
of us through the years. As we have grown older, we have 
found that worship has a definite place in the development 
of character. When I was a child there was a grotesquely 
interesting man in the neighborhood in which we lived. 
His once erect figure had become so bowed that he seemed 
at times to be walking on all fours. As we grew older we 
learned something about that man. All his life he had 
worked at hard labor. That was his whole existence. He 
never went to church. He had no use for religion, for those 
uplifting spiritual influences which meant so much to his 
neighbors. As the years passed he became more and more 
stooped until he looked like a beast. 

This old man has always been to me a symbol of what 
a life without worship may become. We are reminded of 
the Greek word for man, "anthropos," which means the 
"up-looking one." Man was made to look up toward God. 
Work tends to turn our eyes and hearts down toward the 
earth. If that is all there is in life, we lose sight of God 
and immortality. We need worship to counteract the down- 
ward pull of work and worldliness. 

Worship, too, should have a place in family life. In the 
session room of our church is a fine representation in 
glass of Burns' "Cottar's Saturday Night." There is the 
father with the open Bible on his knee from which he is 
reading, while about him are gathered the members of his 
household. Burns knew Scotland. He knew that that which 
more than any other factor had contributed to the great- 
ness of his native land was this habit of daily worship in 
the home. If you are laying the foundations of a family, 
remember this. It is not alone the wisdom of the Bible, but 
the testimony of human experience. The permanence and 
stability of the house you are erecting will depend, not on 
the size of your income, or the social standings to which 
you may attain, but to the faithfulness with which you 
serve God in your home. 

Another consideration of this subject is public worship. 
We are directed not to forsake the assembling of our- 
selves together. It is rather amusing at times to hear the 
excuses that are given by professing Christian people for 
not attending church worship. There is something 3bout 



church worship that lifts us upward. The architecture, 
the holiness of beauty, the music, the stillness, the united 
prayers and meditations of hundreds who, like us, are 
seeking a place to find spiritual peace, the fellowship of 
kindred minds — these are some of the blessings of wor- 
ship. 

Moreover, the church is hallowed by many of our most 
precious associations. Children have been dedicated to 
God there; marriage vows have been said there; loved 
ones have been carried hence to their last resting place. 
Wandering souls have found Gcd there and have started 
to return to the Father's house. One cannot sit there 
without thinking of the words, "The place whereon thou 
standest is holy ground." 

In the Book of Chronicles is an interesting sentence 
used to describe one of the kings, Jotham by name. This 
is the record as we find it: "Jotham did that which was 
right in the eyes of the Lord according to all that his 
father had done; howbeit he entered not into the temple 
of the Lord. And the people did yet corruptly." 

Jotham, in other words, was a good man, but he did 
not go to church. Why he did not go, we do not know. 
He was a very young man and perhaps he thought his 
father had been too narrow in his religious views. Or 
maybe he would have given that fatuous excuse we hear 
now sometimes, "I had enough of that sort of thing when 
I was a child to last me the rest of my life." A man is 
pretty hard up for an excuse when he has to blame his 
irreligion on his godly parents. 

"Of course" you say, "Jotham had a right to stay 
away if he wanted to. That was his business." But that, 
alas, was not all there was to it. His action in staying 
away from worship had an effect far beyond what he in- 
tended. Thousands of eyes in the Kingdom were watch- 
ing. What he did they did, and the chronicler gives as the 
result, "The people did yet corruptly." 

And there was another most serious result of his 
neglect. His son, who succeeded him, was one of the 
most depraved of all the kings. Jotham himself, notwith- 
standing his neglect of God's house, had absorbed enough 
religion in his youth to hold him true to the right. But 
his son had had no such training and example and sold 
himself to evil. His son had a right to expect that his 
father would set him an example of godliness. When he 
did not do it, the young man followed the evil ideals of 
his day to the lowest depths of shame. 

It does make a difference how you and I worship, a 
difference to us, a difference to our children, a difference 
to the people among whom we live. "What greater calam- 
ity," said Ruskin, "can fall upon a nation than the loss 
of worship. Then all things go to decay. Genius leaves the 
temple to haunt the senate and the market. Literature 
becomes frivolous. Science is cold. The eye of youth is 
not lighted by hope of other worlds, and age is without 
honor." — Rev. S. N. Hutchinson in "The Presbyterian." 



Many people owe the grandeur of their lives to their 
tremendous difficulties. — Boy Life. 



PAGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Dr. and Mrs. W. I. Duker Nationa | Goa)$ Program 



Are Honored 



(The following is the newspaper account of the fine cel- 
ebration of the Golden Wedding anniversary of Brother and 
Sister Duker. We are not certain who sent it to us, but 
we thank them for it.- — Editor) 

"The popularity of Rev. and Mrs. W. I. Duker and the 
esteem in which they are held, were plainly manifest when 
five hundred guests signed the guest book at the reception 
held .at the First Brethren Church in Milford, Indiana, on 
Sunday afternoon, December 4, in honor of their Golden 
Wedding anniversary. Rev. and Mrs. Duker received their 
guests in the main auditorium of the church from two to 
five o'clock, while standing amid baskets and bouquets of 
white and golden chrysanthemums and other flowers. 
Groups of lighted yellow candles in graduated lengths and 
entwined with glossy huckleberry foliage, added to the 
beauty of the setting. 

"At intervals during the afternoon, Mrs. Ronald Brown, 
at the Hammond organ, played appropriate selections. 
Dainty refreshments were served in the church dining room 
by Mrs. Burris Sharp, Mrs. Hoy Jones, Mrs. Harry Phend, 
Mrs. Elmer Beer, Mrs. Cletus Myers and Mrs. Harry 
Gathrop. Many lovely gifts were presented to the couple, 
among which were a coffee service from seventeen past 
presidents of the Goshen Rotary Club, and from Rev. 
Duker's Sunday school class, a miniature tree with silver 
trunk and gold branches, the branches concealing a gift. 

"Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Troup of Harvey, Illinois, were 
the only guests present who were at the wedding fifty 
years ago, wihen W. Irvin Duker and Miss Ella Troup were 
united in marriage by Rev. Henry Wysong." 

Many other guests from out of town were present for 
the occasion. 

At the Sunday morning service Dr. Glenn L. Clayton, 
President of Ashland College, was present as guest speak- 
er, to honor Brother and Sister Duker. He spoke upon the 
subject "Twice Gripped Men," using as his text, I Corin- 
thians 2:2. Special features of this service were: Organ 
and Piano Duet by Mrs. Ronald Brown and Miss Jean 
Anglin; Vocal solo, "Prayer Perfect," by Mrs. Glenn L. 
Clayton. Rev. Edgar Duker of South .Bend, brother of the 
"groom" pronounced the benediction. 

At the noon hour a turkey dinner was served at the Mil- 
ford Cafe by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Disher, assisted by the 
Comrades class of which Brother Duker is the teacher, to 
Rev. and Mrs. Duker, and several immediate relatives, 
friends, and members of the class. 

Our heartiest congratulations to you, Brother and Sis- 
ter Duker. 



It has been said that there will be three things which 
will surprise us when we get to heaven — one, to find many 
whom we did not expect to find there; another, to find some 
not there whom we had expected; a third, and perhaps 
the greatest wonder, to find ourselves there! — Dwight L. 
Moody, in Volume II of "Great Pulpit Masters" (Revell). 



Rev. J. G. Dodds, Chairman 

"EVERY MEMBER AN ACTIVE MEMBER" 

Denominational Goal, 1 — 3 
C. Y. Gilmer, Member of The Goals Committee 

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of 
God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, 
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 
And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed 
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what 
is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." — 
Rom. 12:1, 2. 

Some feel that all of the spreading of the Gospel has 
to be done by preachers, and that if they help pay the 
ministers and missionaries they have done their duty. 
Some of the laity have no sense of responsibility for any- 
thing pertaining to Christ and the Church except the 
budget. However, the above text is not addressed to 
preachers but to all the "brethren." Occasional church at- 
tendance and financial help alone in the light of the above 
text is woefully sad. 

All the New Testament laymen upon conversion and 
baptism had the laying on of hands to set them apart 
for soul winning through the power of the Holy Ghost. 
Then they went out to win souls. To lay one's self on the 
altar is to give one's self for service. Baptism means the 
death and burial of the old man, and the resurrected life 
of a new man in service unto God. Baptism, like Romans 
12:1, 2, means a transformed life. Thus every Christian 
has the obligation to live or, if need be, to die for Christ. 
God wants every layman to lay his life on the altar, and 
God wants to fill him with His Spirit. The New Testament 
teaches that every Christian should be filled with the 
Spirit and have the power of God. This is to empower to 
speak for God and to win souls. 

Every Christian is bought with a price. He belongs not 
to himself but to Another. He is expected to put Christ 
and soul winning first. In Christian work there is no selec- 
tive draft, thrusting the burden on unwilling preachers, 
but all Christians are volunteers in the great cause of 
Christ. The beseeching of Romans 12:1 shows that there 
is no coercion but the constraint of love and the mercies 
of Christ. All, like Isaiah, are to hear God's call — "Who 
will go for us?" All, like Isaiah, are to volunteer — "Here 
am I, send me." Like Isaiah, all should realize that cleans- 
ing comes before service. The water of life should come 
through holy lips. All need the same kind of a holy heart- 
searching and giving up of themselves as did Isaiah. The . 
"deeper life" that many are impressed to cultivate is a 
misnomer if it does not send one forth to win souls. 
"Church work" that is divorced from soul winning is not 
church work! Any effort put forth in the church should 
have at least an indirect bearing upon' soul winning. But 
no amount of "indirectness" will take the place of "di- 
rectness." 

We often hear, "Give Jesus your heart," but the text 
says, "present your bodies a living sacrifice." Too many 



JANUARY 7, 1950 



PAGE SEVEN 



operate on the delusion that they can give Jesus their 
hearts and reserve the rest of their bodies for themselves. 
Thus the body is not placed on the altar; there is no holy, 
separated life. To really let Jesus come into the heart is 
to let the Holy Spirit make your body His temple in which 
He takes charge (1 Cor. 6:19, 20). The body is not ours. 
It is the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit; it is God's house. 
"Therefore glorify God in your body." To give God the 
body is the only solution to "bad habits." The Lord pur- 
chased our bodies as well as our souls and has exclusive 
right of ownership over our bodies. Every Christian, like 
Paul, should "die daily." The Devil cannot use those 
who are dead to him. All Brethren should believe, teach 
and practice the holiness of Romans 12:1. When God takes 
over we are "transformed" by a renewed mind, a mind 
which is subject to the wisdom which is from above. May 
all let go of self and let God have His way! 

— Huntington, Indiana. 



Travel Flashes 



Dr. Charles A. Bame 



DOUBTLESS some think I write too much, but I am 
happy to have had many testimonials during this 
Christmastide and occasionally at other times, of the num- 
ber who do follow me as I travel and meditate. Of course, 
it may be true that as I travel I sometimes do not even 
meditate, but, as the old man said, "I just sit and think, 
and sometimes I just sit." I may even come to that — but 
not yet, thank the good Lord. 

We Had a Revival 

I was under the impression that I had reported it, but 
maybe not. It was, in the strange ways of life, full of 
tragedy and mystery. All our advertising was out and 
fine publicity was given by our city paper, the "Wabash 
Plain Dealer." They have been, and are, exceptionally good 
to the churches of the city and county, carrying three full 
pages for the Christmas just passed yesterday. Our people 
were expectant and happy in the choice of our evangelist, 
Brother C. A. Stewart, who had been pastor here for seven 
successive years a decade ago. 

Then Tragedy 

The announcing card read, "You'll not wish to miss him 
nor his smile, nor his good wife." But on the morning 
they were to arrive and begin the meeting, he was 
shocked (and we later to hear) that his wife was found 
asleep in the sleep of death when he arose and went to 
her room early that morning. We carried on a few days, 
wondering if a way might open to go forward; but it did 
not, .and the' meeting was delayed a month. With the 
courage of a hero, Stewart came and carried on as doubt- 
less the Master wished him to do. 

Then Traveling Much More 

Twice during the two weeks, Mrs. Bame and myself trav- 
eled to New Paris to "fill his pulpit" there (if possible), 
and 20 miles and more each day during the meeting of 
two weeks from Wabash to our church. While Stewart 
preached at College Corner, drove 100 miles to Bryan one 



Sunday to preach a funeral, and 100 miles back to preach 
in the evening again. But he is big and strong and more- 
over did not the Lord say, "my grace is sufficient," and 
he shall bear thee up on angels' wings ? He said it and 
He did. His name he praised! 

Crowds ! 

Did v/e have good crowds? What a question! Is that 
pertinent ? Did God ever say, "If the crowds come, I'll save 
them?" Or does it say "go ye and preach my gospel tu 
every creature?" But we did have a steady, interested 
audience every night, save one, when we had to compete 
with both basketball and (so it was reported) a bingo 
party only two miles distant. Could such things distract 
the people of God from a contest with the Devil for people 
who would be saved or lost forever, and the loss 
charged to them on the books of heaven, in the "Great 
Judgment Day?" Well it did, and it does happen. But I 
do not want such a record to face me in that day, do you? 
Doubtless Christians do not "constrain them to come in" 
often enough and theirs is the greatest responsibility be- 
cause they have their orders; but I know of no one who 
has no opportunity to know the gospel, nor any so ignorant 
that they do not know that they should be saved. 

How About Stewart? 

To most of our people, I need not tell. He is widely 
known as an evangelist, a good preacher, a sharp-shooter, 
either at rabbits, quail or sinners, or even saints. Many 
preachers will have to travel some to keep in sight of the 
"Whose Gospel Message" he preaches, including grace, 
the cross and the blood. He knows how to fearlessly give 
the Brethren Message and does it with a smile and with 
force. Evidently he does not know the slimy ways of sub- 
terfuge or diplomacy. At times he let go with "both bar- 
rels." 

Did We Win? 

We did, with emphasis. Three were baptized in the 
Peru Brethren Church on the following Sunday night when 
your "flasher" preached to a splendid audience and after- 
wards administered the sacred rite. Brother Bowman as- 
sisted and Brother C. C. Grisso surprised me, as I did not 
know he was there. He came to hear Bowman and had to 
listen to me; but he did offer a wonderful prayer and 
God answered with two who had not come at the meeting 
at College Corner. We ran and won. And we should "run 
with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto 
Jesus who has set the pace." Heb. 12:1-3. If we slow 
down to a walk, let it be done "circumspectly." Eph. 5:15. 

But our winning is not over. More good results are ap- 
parei t as we scan the pages of two years of the race since 
we came. We shall have more harvest before the summer 
comes, I am persuaded. Growth, gains, happy services, 
are all a part of the goal we' shall achieve, if the Lord 
tarries; and if He "comes to receive us and reward" His 
servants, we shall say to Him, "We tried." We did not 
achieve all we desired, but we leave results to Him with 
whom we have to do, happy that He punishes only those 
who do not try and rewards all who do. Matt. 25:12, 23. 
But may He have mercy on those who do not try; but He 
will not. Matt. 25:24-30. 

— Wabash, Indiana. 



PAGE EIGHT 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



WITH THE LAYMEN 



NORTHERN INDIANA LAYMEN MEET 

THE FIFTY-SECOND Quarterly Meeting of the Nor- 
thern Indiana Laymen's Brotherhood of the Brethren 
Church was held in the Elkhart Church on Monday eve- 
ning, December 5, 1949. Upon arrival each man was greeted 
and given a name tag, and a nicely arranged program of 
the evening. Rev. L. V. King, pastor of the Elkhart Church, 
offered prayer before the group retired to the dining room. 
Listed under "Menu" was "Fish, Fish, and more Fish." This 
was the third time this group has enjoyed these fish fries 
recently, and each one seems to taste better. 

After the meal, the group assembled in the sanctuary 
of the church for the program, which was as follows: 

Organ and Chimes Mrs. Fern Gilbert 

Piano solo, "Onward Christian Soldiers" .... Ina Niccum 

Group singing, led by Walter Lichtenberger 

Welcome extended by Charles Kurtz, President Elkhart 

Laymen 

Devotions Carroll Myers 

Prayer Roscoe Lockwood 

Special Numbers Melody Mites 

"I Will Meet You in the Morning" 
"Gotta Live Your Religion Every Day" 

The business session was in charge of President Harold 
Hummel. The Secretary's report was read and approved. 
A total of 172 men reported from the roll call of the va- 
rious churches. With incomplete reports from some of the 
churches, a total of $8,525.33 was reported as being sub- 
scribed for the Ashland College Emergency Fund. The of- 
fering of the evening was for the National Laymen's Or- 
ganization, in support of the Chapel Equipment Fund and 
amounted to $95.04. Walter Lichtenberger gave an inter- 
esting report on the Sherwood, Michigan, mission project. 
Ten persons from that place were recently brought to the 
Elkhart Church to receive baptism. 

An invitation from the Nappanee Church for the March 
meeting was accepted. Bud Hunter extended an invita- 
tion from the North Manchester Church for a joint meet- 
ing of the north and south districts to be held on May 
15th. This was also accepted. 

Brother Swintz, reporting for the Project Committee,, 
received the approval of the group to send $42.26 to the 
Mission Board to be used in the Wheeler Home Fund at 
Lost Creek, Kentucky. This money is made available by 
tithing the regular offerings. The station wagon subject 
was reviewed briefly. There is a possibility of some defi- 
nite action taking place soon. Raymond Parcell reported 
for the nominating committee and the election resulted 
as follows: 

President James Wherly, Elkhart 

Vice President Lynn Stump, Goshen 

Secretary-Treasurer .... Woodrow Immel, New Paris 
A vote of appreciation was extended to the outgoing 
officers. 

Roscoe Lockwood introduced the speaker, Ivan Gill. Mr. 



Gill, a zealous Christian man, is chemistry teacher in the 
Elkhart High School. He possesses a unique quality of 
delivering, with considerable humor, a highly spiritual 
message, without losing its spiritual import. He is always 
encouraged and glad to be of service to people who have 
not forgotten God, who have not forgotten the church, and 
who have not forgotten to sing and pray. As a basis for 
his message Mr. Gill illustrated with a story of a little 
boy who trusted his father above all others to hold a rope 
for him to descend one hundred feet down a steep preci- 
pice. He urged that we use this same kind of faith in God 
as our Guide for Christian service today. The disciples of 
the early centuries advanced Christianity by living it be- 
cause they loved it. The tendency today is to practice it 
because it is easy. He suggested very strongly the need 
of developing a constant fellowship with the Spirit. The 
richest life is not an accumulation of great possessions 
for yourself, but giving what little you have to God. 
"The meeting was closed with prayer. 

Max Miller, Sec.-Treas. 



SOUTHERN INDIANA LAYMEN MEET 

THE SOUTHERN INDIANA Laymen met at the Bur- 
lington Church on Monday evening, November 21, 
1949, for their regular quarterly meeting. 

After a most delicious meal, served by the ladies of the 
church, we assembled for our evening program. Earl Oyler 
acted as Program Chairman and gave us a hearty welcome. 
We were led in song by Loris Stout, accompanied by Irvin 
Kizer. Our first number was "The Way of the Cross Leads 
Home." Earl Rodkey then favored us with a vocal solo. 
He was accompanied by Eileen Garrison. Devotions were 
brought by .Bright Hanna, lay pastor of the Cambria 
Brethren Church. He used John 10:1-15 as a basis of a 
few remarks. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bailey and daughter 
favored us with a vocal trio. They were accompanied by 
Eileen Garrison. 

Mr. Oyler introduced Jack Yarian, pastor of the Sharon 
and Judson Baptist Church, as the speaker of the evening. 
He took as his subject, "Weapons." He said, "There is 
more money spent for weapons today than for any half 
dozen things we might mention." He mentioned the three 
weapons used by the patriot David. First the "sling shot 
and stones" in the slaying of the giant, Goliath. Second, the 
"Harp" with which he pacified King Saul. And third, "the 
sword of Goliath" which David gave to the Lord, but 
which was later returned to him when he really needed 
it. 

He remarked that the bombs and other weapons used 
in our modern warfare, are but as the sling shot and stones 
used by David. The three things most needed today are: 
First "a universal recognition on the part of man con- 
cerning the Fatherhood of God." We agree with scientists, 
but do not recognize Jesus Christ. Second, "A practical 
application of the principle of the brotherhood of man." 
We talk more about the brotherhood of man than we prac- 
tice. A man's color has nothing to do with the saving of 
democracy. No world can exist with half the people starv- 
ing and the other half living in luxury. When man lifts 
up the cross of his neighbor, he is doing it for good. Dy- 
ing in the service of the Lord is "The only way." Third, 



JANUARY 7, 1950 



PAGE NINE 



"The devaluation of Self." At the end of time we will 
wish we had laid up more in God's House. We must forget 
ourselves and live for others. 

The Bible tells us that the "meek," the "pure in heart," 
the "peace makers" shall inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. 
He that taketh life by the sword, shall perish by the sword. 
The Sword of the Spirit is the cure for the ills of this 
world. When you and I have learned to live after "the 
Spirit of Jesus Christ" this world will be conquered for 
Him. He that would save his life shall lose it, but he that 
shall lose his life for Christ's sake shall save it. Mr. Yar- 
ian was a very dynamic speaker and held the attention 
of his audience throughout. 

The business session was in charge of the District 
Chairman, Kenneth Stout. The secretary's and treasurer's 
reports were read and approved. Oscar Zerby, chairman 
of the Nominating Committee, presented the nominees for 
election. The result of the election was as follows: 

Chairman Kenneth Stout 

Vice Chairman Wayne Betzner, Jr. 

Secretary- Treasurer Guy V. Purdy 

A moment of silent prayer was held for our departed 
brother, Walter Shinn. 

A round of applause and a rising vote of thanks was 
given the Burlington ladies for their fine way of serving 
us. After some discussion, it was decided to divide our 
evening offering between the Ashland College Emergency 
Fund and CROP. The offering amounted to $76.04. We 
were given an invitation by the Loree Church to hold our 
February meeting there. Our May meeting will be a joint 
meeting between the Northern and the Southern Districts 
and will be held at the North Manchester Church. 

Our closing song was "Carry Your Cross With a Smile," 
after which the benediction was pronounced by Brother 
Wayne Swihart, pastor of the host church. 

A roll call of the churches resulted in a count of 122 
being present. 

Guy V. Purdy, Secretary. 



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'Refloxfo Ok S&wcce 



Feeling the need BRETHREN YOUTH voted to raise 
$999.99 for this school. To date we have pledged $600.28. 

This is our NATIONAL BRETHREN YOUTH PRO- 
JECT. We want every youth organization in the church to 
participate in this project before Conference this fall. 
Your Sunday school Class, Brotherhood, Sistenhood, Chris- 
tian Endeavor, each or all could give toward this goal. 
Whether you have a lot or a little — support AMOR. 

SUMMER SERVICE 

BRETHREN YOUTH is planning to send Crusader and 
Ambassador Teams to serve in the churches this summer. 
Last year we had seventeen young people serving in 
twenty-two of our Brethren Churches, from Virginia to 
California. For this our youth received $15.00 per week 
toward Ashland College tuition, plus their expenses. (This 
was for three weeks of service, or longer.) We want to 
send out more teams this year. If you are interested in 
volunteering for service, send your application to: Breth- 
ren Youth, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 

An additional feature this summer is Pastor's Helpers. 
Young men studying for the ministry who will serve under 
pastors as their helpers to work and to learn. 

If your church is interested in either of the three phases 
of our summer program: Crusaders (Vacation Bible 
School); Ambassadors (Instructional evening meetings); 
Pastor's Helpers (Ministerial students serving under the 
pastor) — send your request to Brethren Youth. We al- 
ready have calls for workers and we have some volunteers. 

THE BRETHREN YOUTH MAGAZINE 

New subscriptions for "The Brethretn, Youth" are re- 
ceived every month. We want to continue this gain; but 
we lost some of you because you neglected to renew your 
subscription when you received your reminder card, (sob, 
sob.) Do it now — it only takes a dollar. 

If you have never read "Brethren Youth" you are miss- 
ing something — we hope. 

INTERESTED? Then send for a free copy to: Breth- 
ren Youth, Inc., Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 

LIKE FOR A FRIEND TO GET A FREE COPY ? Then 
send his name. 

This magazine is for YOUNG and OLD — Read it and 
see! WE DARE YOU! 



By Charles Munson, National Youth Director 

AMOR means LOVE in Spanish 
A gentine 

li issions 

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O esponsibility 

At Conference the youth voted to sponsor the AMOR 
project to aid in establishing a Brethren Bible Training 
School in South America. Our students now go to other 
seminaries — we must have our own school. 



The cross is an "I" crossed out — and the Cross of Christ 
means death to self. A man who was afraid to testify in 
public said, "I'd die first." That is what we must do! It 
means conflict, struggle, agony, for we die hard. It may 
mean being misunderstood in school, in business, at home. 
The world will think us queer and our conduct strange. 
(I Peter 4:4) We have read of two girls, lately converted 
from a life of worldliness, who answered an invitation to 
a dance by saying, "We are dead and can't come!" It was 
a Scriptural answer! — Vance Havner, in "Great Gospel 
Sermons" (Revell). 

Matter accounts for nothing in the weighing-chamber 
of eternity. — F. B. Meyer, in "Great Gospel Sermons" 
(Revell). 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Interesting Items 

(Continued from Page 2) 



The Sunday School Christmas party was held on Fri- 
day, December 23rd. Exchange gifts were brought to send 
to our Kentucky mission. The youth went caroling on Sat- 
urday night and the Christmas program w,as presented on 
Sunday. Brother Ralph Mills, the new pastor, reports 
things starting off fine. 

Northeast Ohio District Laymen. The N. E. 0. Laymen 
will meet at the Fairhaven Church on Tuesday evening, 
January 10th. The supper will be served at 6:30. An inter- 
esting program is promised. 

Brother Locke is guest speaker. Brother John F. Locke 
recently addressed the banquet of the Valley Disciple's 
Laymen's Fellowship at the Cork Street Christian Church, 
Winchester, Virginia- The dinner meeting featured, besides 
the turkey "and other things according," addresses on per- 
sonal evangelism by Dr. Montgomery and Rev. Hofrichter, 
field men for the denomination. On December 8th, he ad- 
dressed a dinner meeting of Morticians and their wives 
which was held in the Mt. Sidney, Virginia, High School 
dining hall. His subject was, "The Score at the End of the 
First Half." 

Oakville, Indiana. The Junior W. M. S. made the homes 
of a number of unfortunate people happy by the distribu- 
tion of several Christmas baskets. 

The yearly congregational meeting of the Oakville 
church was held on Wednesday evening, December 28th. 
The meeting was preceded by a pot-luck supper in the 
church basement. 

Brother Henry Bates writes that he sent a death notice 
to the editor some time ago, that of James Max Ruther- 
ford, who was born December 1, 1914 and departed this 
life October 11, 1949. He was a member of the Oakville 
church. We are sorry if this came and was overlooked. 

Brother Bates retired as pastor of the Oakville congre- 
gation on January 1st, and moved to Ashland on January 
2nd, where he will assume his duties as a member of the 
Ashland College faculty at the beginning of the second 
semester. 

Brother Robert Holsinger, Ashland Seminary student, 
was guest speaker at his home church of Oakville on 
Sunday evening, December 25th. 

Warsaw, Indiana. A note from Brother E. J. Beekley 
says, "December 18th we went over our goal again, with 
an attendance of 210." Warsaw can, and they will. 

Pittsburgh, Penna. Watch night services was held in the 
Pittsburgh church from 10:00 till midnight. Social hour 
from 10:001 to 11:00; devotional service till the New Year 
came. 

The committee which is planning the anniversary ser- 
vice at Pittsburgh, announce that they have secured Rev. 
Claud Studebaker of South Bend, Indiana, former Pitts- 
burgh pastor, as guest — he will be present from January 
21 to 24. 

We note this from Brother Grumbling's December 11th 
bulletin, "Transportation home will be guaranteed for any 
unescorted persons from the evening service." 

Stockton, California. Recently the Stockton church 
elected Brother Leonard Jordan and wife, and Brother 
Harry Ernst and wife to the offices of Deacon and 



Deaconess. Ordination will take place at a future date. 

The Stockton Christian Endeavorers met at the parson- 
age recently to make candy for the boys at the Reform 
school at lone. Later they went caroling. There were 
eleven of them. 

The Stockton Endeavorers cooperated in a skating party. 
(Roller, of course — no ice in California???). Brother 
Johnson says, "Charges were: clamp skates — 40 cents; 
shoe skates — 75 cents; admission charge extra; pillows for 
soft landing must be supplied by the skaters." Hope there 
were not too many bumps. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. Brother Floyd Sibert says, "The 
landscaping of the parking lot is done, and by volunteer 
labor, too. Also the furnace room steps are in." It won't 
be long now till Pleasant Hill can say, "Well, it is done 
at last — the remodeling program." Then watch them go at 
other things. 

Berlin, Penna. Brother Percy C. Miller says that Teach- 
er Training Certificates were issued to ten people recently. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. The Miami Valley Brethren Youth 
met at New Lebanon on Sunday afternoon and evening, 
December 11th. Students from Ashland College and Sem- 
inary presented the play, "The Empty Room," at the eve- 
ning hour. 

We quote from a recent New Lebanon bulletin. Brother 
Berkshire says, "Both Sunday School and Church services 
the past couple of weeks have been exceptionally fine. The 
good attendance and good spirit is most inspiring. We are 
on the move." We believe this is gentral throughout the 
Brotherhood also. 

Cheyenne, Wyoming. Brother Frank W. Garber, Chey- 
enne pastor, writes as follows: "Everything is going along 
very well. We held our semi-annual communion in Novem- 
ber with an attendance of twenty. It was a very spiritual 
service. We are praising God for the way He is working 
in the community. We organized a Laymen's group in No- 
vember also — Kenneth White is president and Fred Miller 
is Secretary-Treasurer. The Sunday School is holding their 
Christmas program and we anticipate a full house." 

Dayton, Ohio. Brother Whetstone tells us that the Day- 
ton parsonage on Sandalwood Drive was formally dedi- 
cated on Sunday afternoon, January 1st. Open house was 
also held. 

The annual Christmas party was held at the church on 
Friday evening, Deecmber 23rd, with a program and time 
of fellowship. 

The combined choirs of our Dayton church joined in of- 
fering a special Christmas program on Sunday evening. 
December 18th. Part I — Cantata, "Childe Jesus"- — directed 
by Franklin Blackstone; Part II — Nativity scene — directed 
by Rev. G. H. Bayless. 

Louisville, Ohio. Brother John T. Byler says that the 
Sisterhood played hostess to a number of children at the 
church for a Christmas party. The W. M. S. helped to 
finance the party. The children were selected from the 
homes of the community. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum says of their 
community Christmas tree, "Though the weather had 
turned colder, there was an estimated attendance of over 
100 people gathered around the Christmas tree." Brother 
Ankrum made a brief talk on "The First Christmas." Fol- 
lowing this the group gathered in the church Sunday 
School rooms for refreshments and fellowship. 



JANUARY 7, 1950 



PAGE ELEVEN 



Ashland, Ohio. The Park Street church joined with the 
other churches of the city in the observance of the Week 
of Prayer. 

Revival services are being held in the Garber Memorial 
Brethren Mission, a project sponsored by the Park Street 
church, in northeast Ashland. The date will be from Jan- 
uary 8 to 22. Brother Clarence Stogsdill, pastor of the 
Gretna, Ohio, church, a seminary student, will bring the 
messages. Brother Kenneth Solomon is the preacher in 
charge, together with Robert Holsinger, class leader, and 
Robert Hoffman, Sunday School Superintendent. All of 
these young men are students in the Seminary. These lat- 
ter students are regularly in charge of the services each 
Sunday. 

The Quarterly N. E. Ohio Brethren Youth Rally is 
scheduled for the Ashland Park Street Church on Febru- 
ary 4th. 

Goshen, Indiana. Brother W. E. Ronk tells us that thir- 
teen were recently added to the Goshen membership — the 
result of their recent evangelistic meeting. 

Loree, Indiana. Brother Robert Higgins says that the 
W. M. S. recently sent $20.00 for the Wheeler Home and 
Class No. 5 sent $30.00 to the Lost Creek Mission for 
Christmas expenses. 



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CHRIST, THE GREAT TEACHER 
Rev. John T. Byler 

HAVING ACCEPTED Jesus Christ as our Teacher, it 
is important to notice what His teachings are, and 
how they concern our lives. And since they have been so 
vividly pictured by the writers of Gospels, and of the other 
portions of the Scriptures, we really have no excuse for 
not understanding his teachings. 

Very briefly, in this and the next study, there are sev- 
eral of His teachings which we want to examine. We will 
be able to look at only the first three today; the others 
we will consider in another article. 

1. What Christ Teaches About God 

Christ teaches that God is our Heavenly Father, and as 
such, He is available to all men who will accept Him 
through His Son, Jesus Christ. Philip once asked Jesus 
to show to the disciples, the Father. Jesus answered, "He 
that hath seen Me hath seen the Father." Christ made it 
plain that we might know what the Father was like, by 
knowing Him. In Christ, God was made visible and real. 

2. What Christ Teaches About Himself 

It is never so impotant to know what the world thinks 
about Christ as it is to know what He, Himself, said or 
thought of Himself. He spoke of Himself, often, as the 
"Son of Man." He occasionally used the expression, "The 
Son of God," too, when He referred to Himself. Looking 



at the first name, we think of His earthly relationship to 
the race of man; the second name has reference to His 
relationship with Deity — with God. Just as He was truly 
human, born of human flesh, so He was very God, One 
with the Creator. 

Christ taught that He was sinless; as always doing the 
Father's will, and as one who had a mission which none 
but the Messiah could fulfill. 

Again, when we examine other names He applied to 
Himself, such as "The Light of the World," "The True 
Vine," "The Bread of Life," etc., we see what He thinks 
of Himself as a means of supplying man's need. He had 
no doubt in His own mind that He could do for man what 
no other could do, and still more important, He substan- 
tiated His teachings by doing that very thing. 

Jesus' teachings on -the Holy Spirit are not vague and 
intangible, but are practical enough for every Christian 
to follow. This teaching assures us of a Divine Presence 
and Freind who is our constant companion, to help us in 
our weaknesses, to encourage us when we lack strength, 
and to make our lives complete as uocrs grace maivca ..... 
self felt in our hearts. 

Our next study will concern Christ's teachings about 
Salvation, about our lives in this present world, and about 
life in the world to come. 




NEWS 

Send all C. E. News Items 
To Rev. W. St. Clair Benshoff 
228 Main St., Meyersdale, Pa. 



ROANN, INDIANA, C. E. ORGANIZATION 

We have been without an active youth group for a few 
years. Since the coming of Rev. and Mrs. Baldwin we have 
organized a new group. We have been having very good 
attendance. 

We elected our officers as follows: President — Marjorie 
Ellen Sausaman; Vice President — Jack Johnson; Secre- 
tary-Treasurer — Betty Meyer. 

So far they have arranged and planned our programs, 
but we will follow such outlines as our Topic Editor sends 
us. 

Miss Betty Meyer, Sec. 




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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

ational Society of Christian Endeavor. 







Topic for January 22, 1950 

I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT 

Scripture: John 14:16, 17, 26; Acts 1:7, 8; 2:1-4 

For The Leader 

WE COME TONIGHT to the third and last in a series 
of studies on the Trinity of God. We are concerned 
chiefly with the Holy Spirit, as the Third person of the 
God-Head. We have found out how that there are the 
three distinct personalities, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 
united in the one God-Head which we call God. Each has 
His purpose, yet all three united in perfect will and pur- 
pose in one God. The Holy Spirit is perhaps the most mis- 
understood of the three. Chiefly because He is always re- 
ferred to as the Spirit, and more so because so few ser- 
mons are ever preached from our pulpits about Him. To 
study about Him, and seek His fellowship is one of the 
most profitable pursuits we can follow. Let us be sure 
we devote sufficient time to learning more about the 
Spirit. 

DISCUSSION 

1. IS HE A REAL PERSON? One of the most confus- 
ing things that has ever happened relative to the Holy 
Spirit is our temporal association of the sacred word 
"Ghost" with that of "goblins" and spooky beings. Noth- 
ing could be more ruinous to our understanding of the 
Spirit. Let it never be said of us that we even gave a 
comparison a "second thought." The Holy Spirit is a real 
person just like God and Jesus Christ. He is a Spirit, just 
like they are. When Christ was on earth, His spirit was 
living in His body. The Holy Spirit does not have a body, 
but He is real, just the same. Thus we should never refer 
to the Spirit as "It"; we should always call Him by the 
masculine pronoun. 

2. THE SPIRIT'S RELATIONSHIP TO US. First of all, 
the Spirit is the one who spoke to us about giving our 
heart to Christ. Although another person may have asked 
us, yet the Spirit must have brought conviction to our 
hearts. He it is who gently pleads, convicts, and illumi- 
nates. Secondly, the Holy Spirit, when we become a Chris- 
tian, dwells in our hearts. Thirdly, the Spirit gives direc- 
tion and leading to our lives, if we will but let Him. The 
Spirit is God's emissary. God's representative to us. We 
must learn to commune, and listen to the Spirit, for thus 
we can know God's will in our lives. 

2. THE SPIRIT'S RELATIONSHIP TO GOD'S PLAN. 
In God's great plan of the ages, each of the Trinity has 
had a particular age. Prior to the coming of Jesus, the 
Father spoke directly to men. Note God talking to Adam 
in the garden, to Moses in the burning bush, and on Mt. 
Sinai. When Jesus came, He spoke and did the will of the 
Father; it was the age of the Son. Since Christ's return 
unto heaven and the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit has 
been here. This is the age of the Spirit. He it is that em- 



powers the believer and the Church to do gospel preach- 
ing. He it is that restrains the evil of the world. Thus, 
all who go forth to witness, even unto the uttermost parts 
of the earth, can be certain that, going in the will of the 
Spirit, the Spirit will help and protect. No one need have 
fear in going where God wants him to go, for the Spirit 
will accompany him. 

4. THE SPIRIT AND EVANGELISM. The heart beat 
of the Church has, is, and always must be Evangelism. A 
church that evangelizes, will grow; and church that does 
not, will die. Yet many churches have gone through a pe- 
riod of "evangelism" and wondered whether or not it was 
worth the effort. Many things enter in. First, was the 
"meeting" for the purpose of winning souls to Christ and 
drawing church people closer to God? Or was the pur- 
pose just to fulfill a plan on the church program of holding 
services, padding the "evangelist" with money, entertain- 
ment and food? Was the pastor primarily concerned with 
"saving souls," and where the members also likewise 
concerned? If it is our purpose just to hold services, just 
to go through the motions, with sounding brass and tink- 
ling cymbals, as evangelists, then let's not operate under 
the guise of "evangelistic services." Still, we must evan- 
gelize. But how? The Spirit is the power back of the 
church, its soul winning work, etc. We must always PRAY 
to God for the Spirit's leading. He will lead us as to time, 
evangelist, personal work and results. It comes when peo- 
pel spend much time in prayer, alone, and together. Note 
in our scripture that when the people prayed, the place 
was shaken, and thousands were converted. That day is 
not dead; we've just strangled it to its last breath. 

5. THE SPIRIT AND THE CHRISTIAN'S BODY. If 
we believe in the Holy Spirit, we must believe in Him as a 
factor in our own personal life. According to the scrip- 
tures, the Spirit lives in the body of the Christian. Each 
true believer in Christ is a temple of the Holy Spirit. 
God dwells within us. He is there to speak to us; to warn 
us when we do wrong; to show us the right way to live. 
He will show us God's plan for our lives. But, we must 
take time to listen to Him. A radio, movies, cheap maga- 
zines, and other sins, will so drown out the voice of the 
Spirit, that we cannot hear Him. Thus, we drift away 
from His love and care. Since the Spirit does dwell within 
us, we have certain responsibilities. First, as a temple of 
God, we must keep it clean and healthy physically. We 
must not abuse our bodies by filthy habits, or by exposing 
it to the lustful eyes of others. We must drive from our 
minds the evil thoughts. We must avoid taking into our 
mind the sensuous love stories to be found in trashy mag- 
azines and movies. Perhaps this seems like a "narrow" 
life to live. Yes, but so is the way to heaven, and "few 
there be that find it." Better to be on the narrow road for 
God, and in the company of God, than on the broad way 
that leadeth to destruction, with the crowd. Be conscious 
of the fact, young people, that as a Christian, you have 
God dwelling in you. Serve Him, honor Him, and He will 
reward you with many good things. 



"I am fevered with the sunset, 

I am fretful of the bay; 
For my wonderthirst is in me, 

And my soul is in Cathay." 

— Richard Hovey. 



JANUARY 7, 1950 



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Prayer meeting 
Studies 

IBy G. T. Kilmer 




SALVATION 

Not what these hands have done 

Can save this guilty soul; 
Not what this toiling flesh has borne 

Can make my spirit whole. 

Not what I feel or do 

Can give me peace with God; 
Not all my prayers, my sighs, my tears 

Can bear my awful load. 

Thy work alone, Christ, 

Can ease this weight of sin; 
Thy blood alone, Lamb of God, 

Can give me peace within. 

— Author Unknown. 

SALVATION 

IT IS NOT DIFFICULT to lead one to Christ if he really 
senses his need of Christ. He must realize that he is 
lost. We are born in sin (Psa. 55:1); sin is in our nature 
from birth (Psa. 58:3, 4). Outside of Christ one is dead 
in sin (Eph. 2:1). Devoid of God's spirit the soul is dead 
(Luke 15:32). Until one hears and acts believingly on 
God's Word he is dead (John 5:24). Not to trust Christ's 
bruised body and shed blood for remission of sin is to be 
spiritually dead (John 6:53). Such are commanded to 
awaken (Eph. 5:14). They who seek gratification in this 
world's pleasures are dead (1 Tim. 5:6). Not to love one's 
brother in the Lord is to be in a state of death (1 John 
3:14). Some even have a name to live but are dead (Rev. 
3:1). 

The unconverted are without God (Eph. 2:12). God's 
wrath is upon the unsaved because they do not believe 
on Jesus (John 3:36); they ignore God's Word and will 
(Rom. 1:18); they refuse His command to repent (Rom. 
2:5; Acts 17:30). Because their unforgiven sins force 
God to be against them He is a terror to the unsaved (2 
Cor. 5:11; Heb. 10:31). To the ungodly He is a consuming 
fire (Heb. 12:28, 29). 

The unsaved are condemned already (John 3:18). The 
sentence of condemnation will be executed (Rev. 20:15). 
The unsaved face physical death alone — and Hell (Luke 
16:22, 23). With the saved it is different (Psa. 23:4). Min- 
istering spirits bear the forgiven soul into the presence 
of Jesus (Heb. 2:14; 2 Cor. 5:8). After death comes judg- 
ment for the sinner (Heb. 9:27) according to his works 
(Rev. 20:11-15). Every thought, motive and deed is regis- 
tered against him (Rev. 20:12; Dan. 7:9-19; Luke 12:2, 3). 
The sins of the Christian have been judged in the body 
of Jesus on the cross and blotted out (John 5:24; Rom. 
8:1; 1 John 1:9; John 8:24). 

The ungodly are on the road to destruction (Psa. 1:6; 



Matt. 7:13, 14). Quickly he speeds (Job 9:25) to his des- 
tination (Rev. 21:8; Matt. 3:12; 25: 41, 46). While all de- 
serve to go to Hell none need go there. Believe that God 
took your sins to give you His righteousness in the death 
of Christ (Luke ,13:3-5). Repent of sin (1 John 1:9); be- 
lieve (John 3:16); give one's self to Jesus that one may 
possess Jesus for his own (John 1:12) that He may live 
His life in us (1 Cor. 6:19; Col. 1:27). Make the good con- 
fession before men (Rom. 10:9). Be obedient and "observe 
all things" (Heb. 5:9; Matt. 28:20). Know that you are 
freely forgiven and justified through the merit of your 
Substitute (2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 10:4; Rom. 3:24). Deal 
promptly with daily sins (Matt. 6:11, 12; 1 John 1:9). 
Now you are a child of God by the new birth (John 1:12- 
14). "Fight the good fight of faith (1 John 2:28; 2 Cor. 
5:10). 




Qonmients on the Lesson by the Cditov 

Lesson for January 15, 1950 

A NEW AND DARING FELLOWSHIP 

Lesson: Acts 2:42-47; 4:31-35 

WE MEET HERE our first "Communion of Goods"— 
"all that believed were together and had all things 
common" (verse 44). But this is neither communism as 
we know it, nor is it even socialism as it is thought of 
today. It was the banding together of "believers in Jesus 
Christ," those who followed after "The Way," to see that 
none of their group who were so in danger of being per- 
secuted were in hunger or in need. Note that these people 
so banded together were "of one heart and of one soul." 
their desire was for the good of each other and they 
"parted to all men as every man had need." 

The main trouble with men today is that it is not their 
"needs" that they desire to have supplied, but it is their 
"wants." God never promised to supply everything that 
we "want," but He did promise to supply our every "need" 
through Christ Jesus Our Lord. 

We should stop and seek to analyze that which kept 
them together in the early stages of this great experiment 
in community living. Note that in verse 46 we are told 
that they continued daily and with one accord in the tem- 
ple. One of the prime requisites of living peacefully to- 
gether is the making of the church the headquarters for 
all activity. The Word specifically tells us that we are not 
to "forsake the assembling of ourselves together as the 
manner of some is," but to be constantly counselling one 
another, especially as we see "the day approaching," when 
we shall be caught away to be "forever with the Lord." 
There is something about meeting together in God's House 
that gives us that inner desire to be helpful to our fel- 
lowman and to be more constant- in our own worship and 
more consistent in the meeting of our own personal re- 
sponsibilities. 

Then, too, they took to themselves their physical sus- 



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tenance with "gladness and singleness • of heart." Can you 
imagine those people "grumbling" about what they had 
to eat? Do the starving of Europe and Asia do much 
grumbling about what is sent them to meet their need, 
in their starved condition ? It would be difficult to so im- 
amine. 

And they "praised God." In other words, they were 
thankful to God for supplying their need. They had time 
to "say grace" at the table; they looked to the Source of 
the supply and spoke words of thanks. How often we for- 
get that to say "thank you" is a part of life that brings 
the richest reward, both to the giver and to the recipient. 

They prayed. What for? What do you pray for? Usually 
for what you want most! But whatever they prayed for, 
the result was so evident in their lives that they had 
"favor with all people," and men were being saved day 
by day; for it was the Lord that "added to the church," 
and not man. 

What happened? Read it in Acts 4:33 — "great power 
. . . great grace." It could be made to happen even to- 
day, IF — (and there is a great question mark added to 
that "if") — if the same dependence was placed on God 
and the same confidence inspired in men, by those who 
are professed "followers of the Way." But in too many 
cases, far too many, both the dependence and the confi- 
dence are lacking. And, sad to say, this is all too evident 
to those who are out in the world away from God. 



ing carried on under their leadership. It was indeed a 
pleasure to have this privilege of working wtih these good 
people and renewing old friendships and meeting many 
new people and making friends with them. 

Dr. C. A. Bame is their pastor. He drives many miles 
over the countryside calling on the sick and visiting the 
membership and endeavoring to win the lost to Christ. We 
did much calling in many homes, and sent out invitations 
inviting people to attend the services. As usual much of 
it was met with a spirit of indifference by the unsaved. 
However not all fell on deaf ears. There were some fine 
people who heard the call and came into the church and 
accepted the Lord Jesus Chrsit as their Savior. We praise 
His Holy Name for the victories won. 

The services were well attended by Christian people, 
but the unsaved were very few. Many of the membership 
never missed a service. These good people are very hos- 
pitable. We were graciously received in their homes. How 
good it was to dine and visit with those whom we had 
known and with whom we had worked many years ago. 

Our home was with Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Stout, and it 
was a real home and a place where a preacher can feel at 
home. We want to thank all r>f them for their hospitality 
and the nice offering, and also Dr. Bame and Dr. W. I. 
Duker who supplied for us in New Paris while we were 
in the meetings. Our prayer is that the Lord will continue 
to bless this church and their pastor and wife. 

C. A. Stewart, New Paris, Indiana. 



Religion, you say, has broken down ? Well, it may be 
that your puny prejudices, your preconceived ideas, your 
home-made theories and selfish philosophies have broken 
down — and that's a good thing. But that's not religion! 
There is a great difference between the failure of a con- 
ception and the failure of the reality itself. — Peter Mar- 
shall, in "Mr. Jones, Meet the Master" (Revell). 




lUhnrcl 



REVIVAL AT COLLEGE CORNER, INDIANA 

The College Corner Church in Wabash County, Indiana, 
invited us to help them in their Evangelistic meetings 
which were to begin on October 2nd. But due to the pass- 
ing of Mrs. Stewart on that morning, the meetings were 
postponed until the 13th of November. 

This congregation is not entirely new to us, for we had 
served them as their pastor for seven years, closing our 
work there nearly twenty years ago. However, as in every 
congregation, many changes had taken place and many 
who were the main stand-bys in the church had passed on 
and others had taken their places and the work was be- 



BETHLEHEM, VIRGINIA ENJOYS REVIVAL 
FELLOWSHIP 

At the suggestion of a number of laymen the Revival 
Meeting which the Bethlehem Church was planning to 
hold in the Fall of 1949 was merged with the one planned 
by the neighboring congregation of the Church of the 
Brethren. The congregation at Bethlehem thereby received 
a wonderful blessing. For the fellowship proved to be 
most enriching and the preaching and music unusually 
good. Recently a number were baptised and received into 
the Bethlehem church, seven in all. Two of these were upon 
former baptism. 

As the plans worked out Bethlehem became the host 
Church and the Cook's Creek Congregation of the Church 
of the Brethren supplied the Evangelist, The. Rev. Mur- 
ray L. Wagner of Weyers Cave, Virginia. Brother Wagner 
had been scheduled for this meeting for several years. He 
is a man of power in the pulpit and a most helpful visitor 
in the homes of the people. Twice voted the Rural Preacher 
of the Year in Virginia, he gave every evidence of deserv- 
ing sueh honors. He preached the great truths with cour- 
age and insight. Many of our people didn't miss a single 
service. It was a thrill to see the fine audiences filling the 
church even as they did on two occasions when it was- 
raining plentifully. One of our problems was to find suffi- 
cient parking space for cars. We utilized the neighboring 
school grounds and opened up a new lot which was usable 
only when dry. One person who passed the church during 
services Sunday morning said it looked like a ball game 
was being played. (Sunday ball games, unfortunately, 
usually get more support in these parts than church ser- 
vices). 



JANUARY 7, 1950 



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Our music was of the best, too. Brother Philip Trout, 
a senior in Music at Bridgewater College was selected by 
the joint Committee of the cooperating churches to serve 
in this capacity. He did his work ably. He went about it 
in a most unobtrusive way, but accomplished the desired 
end. Some song leaders are not so gifted! Through his 
efforts a chorus was formed and a number of special mu- 
sical contributions were made by groups from the College, 
including several quartets and the Clericus Male Chorus 
of sixteen voices, which thrilled their listeners with their 
deeply reverent expression of some great religious hymns 
and spirituals. 

Great appreciation should be given to Brother A. R. 
Showalter the capable pastor of the Cook's Creek Con- 
gregation for his affable spirit of good will and his inde- 
fatigable labors. Brother Showalter rendered great service 
to the meeting by sundry means, not the least was by vis- 
iting. Being an experienced evangelist himself and in 
demand for Evangelistic meetings, he had just closed a 
successful meeting the night before ours began. He came 
to this task already warmed up! We made a great many 
calls during the meeting. Sometimes Brother Wagner and 
Showalter and myself went together, and sometimes we 
divided into two teams and Brother William F. Flory as- 
sisted. These Brethren showed no partiality. They talked 
to people in their homes concerning their souls, and sought 
to align them with Bethlehem, if they had any leanings in 
that direction. The result was that some families were 
united in the church, for which we are duly thankful. We 
enjoyed the meals and fellowship of many homes. I believe 
that such a Revival strengthens the bonds of Christian love 
for all who participate. We were competing against the 
forces of evil in a united fellowship of Christian believers, 
and the community took notice. 

Since the meeting we have been authorized by vote of 
the Congregation to have evening services together in 
December and to hold a school of Missions on the Sunday 
nights of January. Classes for children, Young People, 
and Adults' will be held. The Adults will study the course, 
"Japan Begins Again." Motion Pictures are also planned 
for three of the nights of the school. The school of Mis- 
sions will be held in the Dayton, Virginia church. 

Offerings over and above that which went for the ex- 
penses of the Meeting were given for the work of The 
Brethren Service Commission for Relief of human suffer- 
ing. 

Short Motion pictures were used several nights each 
week of the meeting, since Bethlehem is the possessor of 
the latest projection equipment, the gift of Brother Mark 
A. Logan. 

Other News of Bethlehem 

Our Fall Communion was held following the Baptismal 
services the last Sunday in November. The two sacred 
rites in one evening made an impressive service. 

The Sisterhood of Mary and Martha are active. They 
helped a needy family at Thanksgiving with a fine con- 
tribution of food. On December 21st, they have a Christ- 
mas play at the church. 

Two of our families are sponsoring families of displaced 
persons. One of these families has arrived already, and 
come regularly to Bethlehem. They are Ukranians. Re- 
cently our people gave them a shower of food and other 



helpful things as they begin life anew in America. Their 
presence is a silent reminder of how much we have been 
spared in two wars. 

The Grace of Our Lord Be on you all. 

John F. Locke, pastor, 
Bethlehem Brethren, Harrisonburg. 

MT. OLIVE, VIRGINIA, HAS GOOD MEETING 

The Mt. Olive Brethren church, located in the village 
of Pineville near McGaheysvilLe, Virginia, had as its guest 
preacher for two weeks, October 31 to November 13, 1949, 
the able and friendly pastor of our Washington D. C. 
Church. Brother Fairbanks is a preacher and a scholar. 
His sermons abound in apt illustrations of the Biblical 
truth he expounds. The listener is served a rich program 
in two weeks of his homiletical fare. Brother Fairbanks 
held a meeting for us some years ago and the invitation 
to him to return was a mark of the appreciation our peo- 
ple had for him then. This time he was even better. The 
people showed their appreciation by a very consistent at- 
tendance gradually increasing in numbers from night to 
night until the church was well filled. 

One feature that proved to be very interesting and val- 
uable to all was the Guest Evangelist's object lesson talks. 
A child would bring him some object each night on which 
to make a short talk relating to the scriptures and 
Christian living. This he was able to do to the amazement 
of the audience on some occasions. The first boy brought 
him a cup. Some other objects included a candle, an egg, 
Twenty-five cent piece, and three little monkeys seeing no 
evil, saying none and hearing none. 

The weather for the most part was most favorable. A 
number of persons helped us by special music. Four eve- 
nings special music was provided from the Mill Creek 
congregation of the Church of the Brethren, two different 
Quartets and two solos. On Friday evening of the second 
week of the meeting The Clericus Male Chorus from 
Bridgewater College under the direction of Mr. Philip 
Trout rendered a program prior to Brother Fairbanks' 
two messages, the object lesson and sermon. That night 
we were delighted to have a delegation from the Mathias, 
West Virginia Church, led by Pastor Guy F. Ludwig and 
Mrs. Ludwig. 

Brother Walter D. Koontz a deacon of our Congregation 
and the man who designed and helped very materially -in 
getting our Sunday school rooms, was here for the meet- 
ing. He now resides in Washington where he hears Rev. 
Fairbanks every Sunday! One week after the close of the 
meeting Brother Koontz assisted at the Communion. 

The closing night of the meeting the Baptismal service 
was held and five who made the Good Confession were 
baptised. The service of Laying on of Hands followed with 
Brother Fairbanks assisting. 

The Communion service was the best attended since my 
pastorate began here. But the largest room in the world, 
it is said, is the room for improvement. And a great many 
more people ought to attend communion 1 from our mem- 
bership, than do. 

The Christian Endeavor society continues to thrive. 
Brother Braden Racey has been leading in this important 
work for over a year now. 



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The Church has been painted outside, and repapered 
and fitted with new blinds inside, during the year. 

Recently a leadership Training School was held for the 
various churches of the East side of the County. Some 
of our leaders availed themselves of the opportunity of 
further growth and study. 

The faculty of four included the undersigned, who 
taught the Old Testament. Other courses were, A study 
of the Pupil; The Christian Home, and The Problems of 
Christian Living. 

On Christmas Eve the Sunday School under the leader- 
ship of Supt. Everette Rodgers gave its Annual Christ- 
mas Program. 

We wish our Brethren everywhere the best in 1950. May 
the Grace of our Lord and Savior be on you all. 

John F. Locke, pastor 
Mt. Olive Brethren Church. 

ROANN, INDIANA 

Greetings from the Roann First Brethren Church: 

Our revival services were held from November thirteenth 
to twenty-seventh by our minister, the Rev. J. F. Baldwin. 
We were greatly blessed during our revival. Eleven were 
received into the church by baptism and there were fif- 
teen reconsecrations. 

Baptismal service was held on Christmas day. Our chil- 
dren's department had charge of the first part of the pro- 
gram, using colored slides, scriptures and carols. The next 
part was in charge of the adult department. This was con- 
cluded with a White Gift Service. Nine new members were 
received into the church and one by letter at this service. 

December thirtieth a social is scheduled by the Loyal 
Workers Class at the High School. Baptismal services were 
scheduled for December thirty-first, followed by a social 
hour and a Watch night party. Then we will be ready to 
start another year. We trust, with the Lord's help it will 
be a successful year. 

Betty Meyer, Secretary. 




(Beginning with this new year, in accordance to the 
policy laid out by the Publication Board, only short notices 
concerning deaths will be published under this heading. 
The exception will be in the case of the passing of church 
leaders and individuals prominent in the work of the 
church-at-large. Then such will be confined to one issue 
of the Evangelist). 

WHISLER. Sarah Wihisler, a charter member of the 
Udell, Iowa, Brethren Church, passed to her reward on 
October 12, 1949, at the age of ninety-two years. "Aunt 



Sarah Whisler" as she was known, was devoted to her 
church. She reared a family of four — two sons and two 
daughters. Funeral by the undersigned. 

W. R. Deeter. 

THEAKSTON. Funeral services for Mrs. Abbie Theak- 
ston of the Highland, Pennsylvania, Brethren Church were 
held in the Highland Church. Surviving are two brothers 
and four children. She was 93 years of age, faithful 
through her life to her Lord. — Ralph Mills, pastor. 

WILSON. Miss Naomi Wilson, Resident member of the 
Brethren Home, and a member of the Elkhart, Indiana, 
Church, passed away at the Home on September 4th. 
Funeral at Elkhart on September 7, in charge of the un- 
dersigned, with sermon by Dr. W. I. Duker. She was a 
loyal worker in the church. — L. V. King, pastor. 

MILLER. G. Earl Miller, a Trustee of the Elkhart 
Brethren Church, and manager of the Eckard Drugstore, 
died of a heart attack on August 9, 1949. He united with 
the church under the pastorate of Rev. Delbert Flora. 
Funeral at the church in charge of the pastor. — L. V. King. 

NETTRO. Albert Nettro, united with the Elkhart Breth- 
ren Church by relation in 1938. He had been ill for four 
years. He passed to his reward and services were held at 
the Westbrook Funeral Home on August 20, 1949. — L. V. 
King. 

BAIR. Blanch Bair passed to her reward suddenly on 
September Iff, 1949. She united with the church in 1906 
under the ministry of Rev. J. A. Garber, and remained a 
consistent member. Funeral services at the church. — L. V. 
King. 

KERN. Mrs. John Kern of Three Rivers, Michigan, 88 
years of age, oldest member of the Elkhart Brethren 
Church, passed away on September 24, 1949. She is sur- 
vived by her husband, who now becomes the oldest mem- 
ber of the church. They would have celebrated their sev- 
entieth wedding anniversary in November. — L. V. King. 

STRUBLE. Walter Struble, who united with the church 
at Elkhart under the ministry of Rev. Delbert Flora, 
passed to his reward on October 7, 1949. Funeral at the 
church. — L. V. King. 

STEWART. Mrs. Hazel Stewart, member of the Elk- 
hart church, was called suddenly to her Eternal Home on 
October 16, 1949. She was the mother of thirteen children, 
two of which were killed during the war. Three other sons 
are now serving their country. — L. V. King. 

SWIHART. David C. Swihart departed this life on Oc- 
tober 7, 1949, at Rochester, Indiana. He is survived by his 
wife and three children; also several grandchildren. He 
was an active member of the Tiosa Brethren Church for 
thirty-five years. Services at the church on October ltOh. 
— G. L. Maus, pastor. 

WORKMAN. Mrs. Annie Belle Thomas, Workman, sev- 
enty-six, a life-long member of the Mt. Pleasant, Penna., 
Brethren Church, passed away on August 30, 1949, being 
the last of the Thomas family. She is survived by four 
daughters and one son; 22 grandchildren and 25 great 
grandchildren. Services at the Mt. Pleasant Church/ — D. 
C. White, Milledgeville, 111. 




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Items of general Interest 



Meyersdale, Penna. The Annual Business meeting of the 
Meyersdale Church was held on Monday, January 2nd. The 
members met at the church at the noon hour for a church 
dinner, after which the business of the church was con- 
ducted. This united the business and fellowship of the 
membership in a fine way. 

A group from the Calvary Baptist Church of Irwin, 
Penna., recently were guests at the Meyersdale Church 
and furnished a number of special musical selections. This 
is the second time this group has visited the church. 

The Meyersdale Brethren Church cooperated with the 
other churches of the city in the observance of the Week 
of Prayer. 

A city-wide youth banquet was held on January 9th in 
our Meyersdale church. This appeared to be a part of the 
above Week of Prayer. 

Waterloo, Iowa. The Waterloo Church held a Youth Ban- 
quet on Saturday evening, January 7th, with Brother 
Charles Munson, National Youth Director, as the guest 
speaker. He also was the Sunday morning messenger on 
January 8th. 

The Laymen's Organization of the Waterloo church will 
be in charge of the services on Sunday, January 15th, and 
the W. M. S. will he responsible for the services of Jan- 
uary 22nd. 

Rev. and Mrs. Harry Richer will be the evengelistic 
party in charge of the period of Evangelism in the Wa- 
terloo church from March (3th to 19th. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum says, "There was 
a full house on Sunday, December 25th, for the Christmas 



program. Chairs had to be placed in the aisles. A number 
of strangers were present." 

Johnstown), Penna., Second. We quote from Brother 
Leatherman's bulletin of January 1st. The following is re- 
garding Brother Leatherman's illness: "How are you? 
That is really what you want to know of your pastor. Per- 
haps this word of explanation may help. I am not fine. 
But neither am I dead. A kidney stone has been trying to 
escape for the past six weeks. The first X-ray showed it 
had Wi inches to go. The last X-ray showed it had moved 
an inch and therefore has only a half inch to go. Every 
day gives intense pain. We are praying for its elimina- 
tion." We too, are praying that he may soon be recovered 
of his ailment. 

It is good to have friends to help you. Brother Leather- 
man expresses appreciation for the help given him by 
Brother D. R. Wolfe, pastor of the Third Johnstown 
Church and to Brother Charles Munson for the aid ren- 
dered in the preparation of the weekly bulletins. Brother 
Munson was the speaker at the morning service on Jan- 
uary 1st. This is Brother Munson's home church. 

Sister Leatherman informs us that they will again be 
" on the 100% list of the Evangelist subscribers this year. 
We appreciate this greatly. 

The Third Church choir rendered a very fine program on 
Christmas night. The combined Mennonite chorus gave a 
program on December 18th. 

Dayton, Ohio. Brother Whetstone says that a recording 
of the dedication services for their parsonage was made 
and was played back to those who could not attend in the 
afternoon and came in the evening. 

We note that a new member has been added to the Day- 
ton church by letter on December 25th. 

Loree, Indiana. Brother Higgins says that the average 
attendance for October to December was 156, and for the 
entire year, 142. He also says, "This was a mighty fine 
gain." 

The Loree folk kindly cancelled the evening service on 
January 1st, in order that Brother Higgins and family 
might help his parents celebrate their fifty-fifth Wedding 
Anniversary in Goshen, Indiana. 

Louisville, Ohio. We note from the Louisville bulletin 
that they have a fine thing in the fact that two couples 
are named each Sunday to he at the two doors of the 
church to greet the people as they come in. This is a great 
help and speaks a welcome to those who come, especially 
to any strangers who may drop in for the service. 

The Junior Church of Louisville, a growing institution, 
was in charge of a special Christmas program. The at- 
tendance of the Junior Church runs between 35 and 40, as 
they meet regularly. 

Nappanee, Indiana. Brother Virgil Meyer reports a most 
successful Cash Day which was held on Christmas Sunday. 
The amount reported was $2,200.00 which is given for 
building debt retirement. 

The Nappanee church cooperated in the Annual Week 
of Prayer, furnishing special musical numbers at times. 

Oakville, Indiana. Brother Bates, retiring pastor of the 

Oakville church, in his last issue of "The Guidepost," his 

parish paper, says that while they did not reach the goal 

of 150 in attendance by 1950, yet they did show an in- 

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Apples of Gold in 'Pictures of Silver 
Fred C. Vanator 

LONG, LONG AGO Me wrote in the Book of Proverbs 
a sentence which, if the sense of it were used more 
often, would make this a happier world to live in. These 
words are found in Proverbs 25:11 and read thus: "A word 
fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." 

And you say, "What brought this up?" And my answer 
is, "O, just a little letter from a brother who has learned 
to say things nice about everybody, and who does not hes- 
itate to say them." And because of the nature of the. let- 
ter, I feel that it should be shared with the readers of the 
Evangelist, as well as with those who are mentioned there- 
in. We quote this letter below: 

Georgetown, Delaware 

December 20, 1949. 

My thanks are sent to the writers of the many fine and 
highly spiritual articles which are written and printed in 
our "Brethren Evangelist." I have enjoyed reading the 
same and have urged our members to read them. 

To our faithful brethren who write the "Spiritual Med- 
itations"; the "Prayer Meeting Topics," and the "Chris- 
tian Endeavor Topics" each week, may I say that we may 
overlook the amount of work laid on these good brethren. 
I know that their labors are multiplied. 

I do not intend to neglect sending my own appreciation 
to the editors of our Sunday School literature, both in our 
Evangelist and in the Brethren Quarterlies. We can sit at 
ease and enjoy all that these good brethren have "dug and 
scratched" for, something that I know came to them by 
the "sweat of their face," (brow) — but I wish we would 
not sit and enjoy the same with ease and forget the labors 
of our brethren. I thank you one and all for the work done 
this year of 1949, and may the Lord bless each one of you, 
as He alone knows your real needed blessing. 

I have read some of the "Brethren Laymen" magazines 
and some of the "Brethren Youth" magazines, and found 
them good reading. 

I thank the staff and the authors of these articles and 
periodicals, and wish them a Happy and Prosperous New 
Year. 

Sincerely in the Master's service, 

S. E. Christiansen. 

Every once in a while, there comes to the editor's desk, 
similar expressions of appreciation and good will. Each 
one of these puts a frame of silver around the golden say- 
ing. The day is brightened, the burden is often lifted and 
faith in man becomes stronger. 

I remember hearing a little story about a man who had 
taken a magazine for twenty years. One day he appeared 
at the office of the editor and said, rather tartly, "I have 



a complaint to register." "Say on," said the weary man 
behind the desk, and settled back to hear what the man 
had to say. 

The man placed his hands on the desk and leaned over 
it and said in a very loud voice, "My magazine was a week 
late — what's the matter with you fellows, can't you get 
your work out?" 

The editor, in a mild voice, replied, "Yes, I know it was 
late. We just could not help it — the press broke down and 
we had to get it repaired. We are sorry." 

"Well, you should be sorry! I want to tell you this is 
the first time this ever happened, and I hope it never hap- 
pens again." 

"Haven't you ever had a complaint before?" the editor 
asked. 

"No, this is the first time I have ever had occasion to 
complain and I've taken your magazine for twenty years." 
And then, realizing that he had been hasty in his man- 
ner, he said, rather humbly, "And by the way, I guess 
I've never taken time to tell you that I always got the 
magazine on time before. I beg your pardon; rather 
thoughtless of me not to have said something good to you, 
as -well as hurrying here to make my first complaint in 
twenty years." 

How easy it is for all of us, including the editor, to see 
the mistakes men make and rush to criticize them, while 
how seldom we pause in the course of our lives to speak 
a word of encouragement. I expect it would do us all good 
to resolve at the beginning of this year 1950 to be a little 
more thoughtful of our fellowman, and more expressive 
of our appreciation to others. 

Our own appreciation and that of our staff of writers, 
goes out to Brother Christiansen for his kind and thought- 
ful words. 

Let's have our thinking on the "sunny side" of life this 
year! 



Office Gleanings 

By The Editor 



We are glad to report several gifts to the Press and 
Equipment Fund that have not been reported thus far. 
The following have been received since our last report: 

Mrs. Maude Webb, Goshen, Indiana $100.00 

Miss Ida Becker, Palls City, Nebr. (Bal. pledge). . 9.00 
Friends from Bryan, Ohio 10.00 

More will be reported later as they come in, as we are 
sure they will. 

The Annual Publication Day offerings are beginning to 
come in. Not enough, however, have come that we care 
to make a report. In our next issue which will carry the 
date of January 28th (next week is the Missionary num- 
ber) we will no doubt have a number to report. Send yours 
in as soon as convenient. Be sure to make checks payable 
to The Brethren Publishing Company. 



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MARTIN BRUBAKER, in his "History of the German 
Brethren, relates an interesting incident in connec- 
tion with our early church. 

When Christopher Sower came to this country he was 
undecided as to what occupation he could or should fol- 
low. After some consideration of and trials in other trades, 
Sower decided to become a printer and publisher. He there- 
by began among the Brethren a long tradition of dis- 
tinguished printing and publishing of the Word of God. 

The interesting incident recorded by Brubaker concerns 
Sower's arrival at his final decision. He had apparently 
discussed the matter at some length with his friends. Some 
of them had become weavers, some were tanners, some 
were farmers. Sower for a while considered these, and, in 
addition, repaired spectacles, dealt in herbs and medicines, 
and did a little farming. Then he announced his determina- 
tion to become a printer, which was the signal for great 
rejoicing among the Brethren. They then prepared in their 
own fashion a "love feast" "to bind his heart to the pur- 
pose of becoming a book printer." They viewed the turn 
of events as a cause for great thanksgiving to God. 

Brubaker further quotes the elders of the early church 
as believing "that the growth and development of the 
church depended upon having a German printer who would 
aid the church by disseminating through books and mag- 
azines and other publications the literature of the church." 

The early Brethren well appreciated the importance of 
the printed word as an agency of spreading the Good 
News of the church, the doctrine of the denomination. They 
were correct then, and in subsequent years the rule has 
prevailed with the same relentless authority. Simply stated 
the determining rule was and is: 

WHERE THE CHURCH IS TO GROW, THERE MUST 
BE THE VIRILE PRINTED WORD TO ACCOMPANY 
WHATEVER ATTEMPTS THE CHURCH LAUNCHES. 

THE RULE HAS NOT CHANGED 

Wherever you find an established denomination, you will 
find a well-organized printing and publishing program. 
Wherever you find a new sect organizing into a denomina- 



Prof. J. Garber Drushal 

tion, one of the very first moves is to get into the print- 
ing business. In many instances, both of these groups 
come to own, as do the Brethren, considerable publishing 
companies. Such activity is one of the three things with- 
out which a modern denomination cannot survive. 

Organized as it is, and functioning as it does, the Breth- 
ren Church must ask you once each year for an offering 
to underwrite the printing and publishing interest of the 
church. Being constructed as men are, and in the days 
when they put lock zippers on billfolds, it is necessary to 
remind ourselves of the significant place these publishing 
interests hold in our fraternal order. A good Publication 
Day offering is a sine qua non. 

One of the first signs of decadence and decay in any 
church is the decline of the quality of the printed word, 
and the decline of interest in its dissemination. A peculiar 
responsibility rests upon each of us to give this offering 
a big lift, and to cooperate wherever possible to keep our 
printed word true to the Word. Thereby we keep the pen 
and press pushing us forward. ■ — Columbus, Ohio. 




"GIVE" 



God never sells anything! 

This is sometimes difficult to bear in mind — when, on 
every hand, it seems, someone is trying to sell us some- 
thing. 

God gives gifts only. 

And what marvelous gifts they are! Eternal life, for 
instance, is the "gift of God" (Romans 6:23). We cannot 
possibly buy it, for it is not for sale. 

And there is faith — another gift of God (Epehsians 
2:8). And faith enables one to overcome the world. That 
which enables us move mountains, to overcome obstacles, 
to accomplish great things for God, is given to us free! 

Then we read of God's "unspeakable gift" (I Corinthians 
9:15). 

These are some of the greatest of His gifts to us. But 
we have other gifts on every hand — so common, so con- 
stant, that we are in grave danger of overlooking them 
entirely. The pure air we have to breathe. The water we 
enjoy is another gift. It is not always free, but God gives 
it just the same, though man charges for it sometimes. 
The beauties of nature, everywhere, are a gift from God. , 
So also are the sun, the moon and the stars, the mighty 
sky overhead. There are gifts and gifts. God gives and 
gives. We receive and receive. Or do we follow His wish 
and give of ourselves, our talents, our substance, our all, 
to advance the work in which the Lord Jesus Christ is 
most interested, and for which He gave His very life? 

"And . . . remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how 
he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." — Se- 
lected. 



JANUARY ,14, 1960 



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- - Forward With Christ In Christian Living - - 



Address by Moderator W. L. Thomas 

(Delivered at the Mid-West District Conference) 



ARE YOU DEAD? and you? and you? and you? Is 
the Brethren Church dead ? I believe your answer 
to these questions would be, "No." Then our text, our 
Conference Theme — Romans 12:1, 2 — is for you. 

Paul, the apostle, is here writing to you and to me, 
children of God, Brethren — Brethren of Christ and of one 
another. He never intended these words for the heathen 
— those who never have heard of the living' God, nor to 
those who having heard, continued on in sin, rejecting 
Christ as their Savior. But he is writing to believers — to 
you and to me. He has already written in this book of 
Romans of God's hatred of sin and its consequences; of 
judgment, .and of salvation. Now he says, since you know 
of these and have settled your faith on the Lord Jesus 
Christ, "I beseech you, therefore" or "I implore" (in the 
sense of kneeling down and begging you) — "by the mer- 
cies of God," not that we are worthy in our own righteous- 
ness, but only through the mercies of God can we hope to 
inherit eternal life and to do the things we are supposed 
to do in accordance to God's will. "That ye present your 
bodies (yourselves in your bodies) a living sacrifice," in 
glorious contrast to the legal sacrifices under the Mosaic 
law. Not ,a dead sacrifice — dead people don't spread the 
gospel — but "a living sacrifice." 

A young man, when he proposed to his girl friend, said, 
"I love you so much I would be willing to die for you; will 
you marry me?" She replied, "No." When asked why her 
answer was no, she replied, "I want a man that will be 
willing to live and work for me." That is what the Apos- 
tle Paul is asking you and me to do. "A living sacrifice" 
— a holy life — a life that will be acceptable to God — "which 
is your reasonable service." 

In view of all God has done for us through Jesus Christ, 
it is reasonable for Him to expect us to live for Him. I 
would like to quote a few words from a message delivered 
before the State Convention of Christain Churches, which 
met in Topeka, Kansas, by Mr. Payne Ratner, former Gov- 
ernor of Kansas: 

"The one thing that terrifies the godless, the world over, 
is the fear that some day all those who believe in Christ 
will wake up and start acting their beliefs. That once the 
Christian people awaken, most of the great problems that 
plague mankind will disappear over night. No matter how 
poor or humble we are, we can still make the world a bet- 
ter place in which to live each day by acting our belief, 
by putting into practice a sincere Christian effort to help 
someone else, no matter how small it may be." 

Now I don't approve of some of the things Payne Rat- 
ner does himself, but these words of his does give us 
something to think about. How many Christians, do you 
know live like they had been "born again?" — that they 
have the new life within them? Do we know how to live 
so that our lives will be acceptable to God? Let us look 
at a few instructions found in God's Word. 

I would like to call your attention to II Cor. 6:17 — 
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye sepa- 



rate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and 
I will receive you." Come out from among those of the 
world. Follow not the things that the world follows. Sam 
Jones, in one of his sermons, said, "I heard a preacher say 
yesterday that some of the best people in St. Lcuis at- 
tend the theater. Well I denied it. I said it aint' so. And 
I would hate very much for that to be true, before God, 
I would." And I agree with Sam Jones. The better people 
are born again and they would not attend those places. 
Some people say, "Well we only go to the better pictures." 
(Can any good come out of Hollywood?) You will still be 
supporting the same bunch of ungodly people. You will still 
be spending the money that rightfully belongs to God, 
for that which is not bread. Also you are not helping 
those in need, nor doing good. Somebody says, "Well what 
will we do with our children?" I say provide for the chil- 
dren in the homes and churches so that there will be no 
need for them to go elsewhere for their entertainment. 
Teach them the way of God, by precept and example. But 
first you must make your own life acceptable to God. 

Again we are told in I Cor. 6:19, "What? know ye not 
that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is 
in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" 
During a fire that nearly consumed the town of Thomas, 
W. Va., a woman owner of a saloon, when she found her 
saloon burning down, picked up a keg of whiskey and 
carried it across the creek to a church located there, and 
was soon busily engaged in selling her whiskey from the 
pulpit. You say, "That was terrible!" That is true, it was 
terrible; but not nearly as bad as a great many people 
who have professed Jesus Christ as their Savior and are 
supposed to be temples of the Holy Ghost are doing — 
insisting on smoking and drinking, and destroying the 
temple — simply because the world does those things. 

How far do you think Christianity would have gone if 
the members of the early church would have compromised 
with the world — if they had failed to live as the Lord had 
commanded ? We find that they continued steadfastly in the 
apostles' doctrine (teaching) and fellowship (they at- 
tended the services of the church) and in breaking of 
bread and in prayers: no fellowship with the world. They 
were always striving to live lives that would be acceptable 
to God. Where would the Brethren Church be today if 
Alexander Mack, and those others associated with him," 
had said, "We will believe God's word, but we'll go along 
with the world in order to have their good will." There 
would be no Brethren Church. 

But thanks be to God, those early Brethren were not 
only believers, but they were doers of the Word. They 
practiced what they preached. They firmly desired to "ab- 
stain from all appearance of evil." Oh that we might have 
more people in the church like that today. 

Our Lord said, "Touch not the unclean thing," but how 
many today not only touch, but partake of the unclean 
things? How many do things that they would not want 
to be doing when the Lord comes back for His own? Do 



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you think He would call you out of a theater, a dance 
hall, the saloon, the races, if He should come while you 
are there ? Would He take you to be with Him if you had a 
cigarette, a bottle of beer, a glass of whiskey, or any of 
the devil's concoctions in your hand when He comes? That 
is a good test for all things. Would the Lord approve of 
what I want to do? 

No man or woman who has the Spirit of God witnessing 
with their spirit that they are a child of God, can truth- 
fully say they didn't know they were doing wrong. I've 
seen blinds pulled down when people were playing cards; 
I've seen cigarettes thrown away by people when they saw 
a preacher start toward them. Why ? Because they knew 
they shouldn't be doing those things. But why worry about 
a preacher seeing you if you don't care for God seeing 
you ? He knows your name and your every move. 

Paul goes on to tell us in our text "and he not conformed 
to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of 
your mind." No longer are you in bondage to the things 
of the world, that they should control your mind, "but be 
ye transformed" (transfigured) — not just an outward dis- 
conformity to the ungodly world, but by an inward spir- 
itual transformation that makes the whole life new. New 
in its motive and ends. New because we have the Holy 
Spirit to direct our thoughts. The whole power of God to 
work in us and through us. Therefore, we should strive 
to keep our mind pure by studying the Bible, and other 
good literature, that which is uplifting. 

When I visit in the 'homes of people, some of them 
Brethren, and see the kind of literature they have for 
their children and themselves to read, I am not surprised 
that there is no spirituality in such families. Books and 
magazines that should never be printed; filthier pictures; 
radio going full blast with more filth in many cases, and 
these in our supposedly Christian homes. I say "supposed- 
ly" Christian homes, because their names are on the 
church books. No wonder children from such homes can- 
not be interested in the Bible. How can people have pure 
minds and know the will of God if they allow such things 
to permeate their minds ? 0, Beloved, it's time for you and 
me, for all who profess the name of Christ, to wake up 
and start living true to the Word of God, that by our lives 
we may experience "what is that good and acceptable and 
perfect will of God!" 

Paul doesn't stop with the verses of our text, but 
throughout the remainder of his letter he gives instruc- 
tions .as to how to live daily to please i^ou — leacmng us. 
first to be humble, which is one of the foremost of Chris- 
tian graces, and then others that would be profitable to us. 
We need to do these things, not only that we might Drove 
what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God 
for ourselves, but that we might prove to the world what 
God's will is for them. Paul says in II Cor. 3:2, "Ye are 
our epistle, written in our heart, known and read of all 
men." 

Some one has said that the Christian is the "Fifth Gos- 
pel and the only one that the world reads." Again we 
might quote Dr. Lindower (although not word for word) 
— "The book of Acts was never finished, but continues on 
in the lives of Christian men and women." Then if these 
things be true, how careful you and I and every believer 
should he that we always do that which is well pleasing 



to God and in accordance with His Word. I have heard 
a number of people say that they became Christians be- 
cause someone had lived a spotless life before them. 

A young man told me some years ago, when I was talk- 
ing to him about his soul, "If I thought I could live like 
them (and he named two young men that had accepted 
Christ a couple of years before, one of them now being a 
Brethren minister, the other a deacon) then I would be 
willing to confess Christ." "If I ever do," he continued, 
"I want to be like them." Those young men had given 
up all known sin; their lives had changed; their conversa- 
tion had changed; they were indeed outstanding Christians. 
I hope and pray that they haven't gone to sleep or com- 
promised with the world, for their lives were a real testi- 
mony to God's saving grace. 

Someone will be thinking now, "Well, preacher, that is 
all right to say, but how to do it is another thing." Yes, 
I grant you it is another thing (you can lead a horse to 
water, but if he is stubborn, you can't make him drink). 
I don't believe any Christian has any excuse for not living 
the kind of life God wants him to live. In the great com- 
mission Jesus said, "Lo! I am with you alway!" Then if 
Christ be with us, who can be against us? Go back to 
your homes; throw out the dirty books, magazines; give 
the Bible the place in your homes it should have; watch 
that radio; get only programs you know Christ would want 
you to hear; pray to God to forgive you and to give you 
a clean heart and mind. Ask Him to help you remove all 
impurities from your life. Don't be concerned about what 
people will think. They will eventually think more of you 
if you are true to your beliefs. Throw away those old play- 
ing cards; go to church, not just once a week — but don't 
miss a service; fellowship with God's children, not the 
devil's; tell your pastor you want to work for the ad- 
vancement of God's kingdom and keep on praying for help 
from on high. You can live the right kind of a life, but 
first you must know Christ, who gave His life a ransom 
for you. Then in newness of life, let Him be your Guide. 

What power for good the Brethren Church would be if 
all its 18,000 members would start today to act out their 
beliefs. I tell you the world would sit up and take notice. 
And if all Christians of all denominations would do that, 
we would see the majority of the world converted in this 
generation. Let's all do our part to make the Brethern 
Church the power it should be through our Lord Jesus 
Christ. 

Now just a few words to the Mid- West District mem- 
bers in particular. Let us all get behind the separate or- 
ganizations of the church and push. If you don't belong 
to one of them, then join right away — The W. M. S.; Lay- 
men; S. M. M.; Brotherhood; Signal Lights; C. E.; Breth- 
ren Youth; the Sunday School. The Young Peoples' Camp 
needs your help — it is a power for good. Boys and girls 
have found Christ there. The coming church leaders are 
being trained there. Help your camp in any way you can. 
Men and women are needed to open up new Sunday Schools 
and Prayer services in our District. Missionaries are 
needed at home and in Foreign fields. Train your children 
up to accept the greatest position that has ever been of- 
fered — a minister of the Gospel of Light. But above all, 
we need every man, woman and child living the Christian 
life daily. Will you do your part ? I hope you will. 

— Mulvane, Kansas. 



JANUARY 14, 1950 



PAGE SEVEN 



Travel Flashes 



Dr. Charles A. Bame 



Traveling Five Decades 

Before this has a chance to get into print, the figures 
19501 will b.e written many times. If it is the forty-ninth 
year of the century, or the fiftieth (the old puzzler) I 
have seen every one of them and I need not tell of the 
progress that has been made, nor of the pains and pen- 
alties humanity has suffered nor of the advancements that 
have come to make life "more livable," if it has. 

A Long Time to Live 

It is a long time to live — five decades — one being con- 
scious of responsibility and trying to meet the issues of 
life, morally, manfully, heroically and helping others to 
do likewise; but as a teacher, preacher, pastor and parent, 
this, seriously has been my ambition and effort, and I am 
not without some confidence that it has not all been fruit- 
less. I am and always have been amazed at the way that 
the gcod Lord has opened doors of service to me and still 
has not forgotten. 

Another "Flash" 

This >s to another kind of flash. It is the story that 
should be flashed to every preacher and congregation of 
every denomination in America. It is still warm from the 
press at Elgin, having appeared in the December 31st is- 
sue of the "Gospel Messenger" which carried the notice 
of the passing of Elder I. J. Harshbarger, and this is being 
written on the evening of December 29th. It is 

The Story of a Church 

The author of the story passed to his reward only on 
December 8 of 1949. But let him, Elder Harshbarger, tell 
it as from another world. Every real Brethren may well 
rejoice that he left the story as a post .mortem message 
to inspire us all of whatever conference of Brethren to 
make the most of opportunity and learn most valuable 
lessons of devotion, faithfulness and rewards. I'd give a 
title, "A Country Church Reaches Around the World." 
Now let ihis modest, factual words tell the story. 

"The Pleasant Hill congregation, located in Macoupin 
County, Southern Illinois, about midway between Girard 
and Virden, has lent a helpful Christian influence in at 
least three continents, Africa, Asia and North America. 

"Their meetinghouse was built in the year 1368 . . . 
The congregation was organized in 1876. As it grew, the 
community needs grew and changed. 

"By 1912 this congregation was worshipping in Girard 
. . . Later the Virden church was built and organized. The 
name Pleasant Hill was dropped and one congregation be- 
came two, namely, Girard and Virden. 

"Thus the work of the Old Pleasant Hill church has gone 
on and on and has spread over a large section of America 
and into mission fields. 

"In 1876, when the Pleasant Hill congregation was or- 
ganized, Isaac Neff was elder. The three ministers were 
Cullen Gibson, Joseph Harshbarger and Jonathan Bru- 



baker. Elder Daniel Vaniman lived near by, but worked 
in another congregation. Three others were elected to the 
ministry in the old church: J. H. Brubaker, James Wirt 
and I. J. Harshbarger. 

"Having lived in the atmosphere and influence of this 
church, the following entered the ministry here or else- 
where for soul-winning: I. H. Crist, John Crist, H. F. Crist, 
D. A. Crist, C. C. Brubaker, Isaac Brubaker, N. J. Bru- 
baker, Charles Brubaker, A. O. Brubaker, Peter Brubaker, 
J. A. Brubaker, Charles Gibson, George Gibson, B. F. Fil- 
burn, John Heckman, J. W. Lear, James Masterson, W. 
H. Shull, E. H. Brubaker, and A. W. Vaniman. 

"Coming to the second and third generation are Harvey 
Brubaker, Albert Brubaker, G. O. Stutsman, Bennett 
Stutsman, Frank Gibson, Charles Harshbarger, Chalmer 
Shull, Jesse Shull, Merlin C. Shull, Russell Smith, Arthur 
Shull, Ernest Shull, Paul Bechtold. Paul Gibbel. 

"The parents of Lucille Gibson Heckman, missionary 
to Africa, Rebecca Harshbarger, and George Gibson were 
raised in the old Pleasant Hill church, as was also the 
mother of Hazel Minnich Landis and Modena Minnich 
Studebaker, missionaries in Africa. Many others as wives 
of ministers are serving in far-flung areas of the world. 

"The Pleasant Hill community was almost a Brethren 
settlement. Annual Conference was held in the great bank 
barn here, in 1874. 

"However. I think the old Pleasant Hill Community has 
made a wonderful contribution to the world and pray 
that the descendants of these workers will do as much in 
the next seventy-five years. 

"To my knowledge there are eight people living who 
lived as children in the charter congregation. They are 
D. A. Crist, Quinter, Kansas; F. A. Vaniman, McPherson, 
Kansas; A. S. Harshbarger, A. C. Brubaker, J. J. Filburn 
and Mrs. Elizabeth Vaniman, all of La Verne Calif.; Peter 
Filburn, Camden, Ohio; and myself. Thus I am the only 
one left in this community who was in this church as a 
lad." P. S. — And now he is not "left." 

An Amazing Record 

If I counted right, this "country" congregation pro- 
duced forty-five preachers and a number of missionaries in 
seventy-five years. Scores of groups did not do half as 
well — maybe gave none. Most of them, doubtless, were 
"elected" by the congregation. Is there a better way? A 
number of them became "great" in their local churches and 
a smaller number reached national recognition. Person- 
ally, I know one, an honored banker and benefactor; an- 
other a prominent Bible teacher and preacher; one I know 
as a debater on the "Annual Meeting" forum whose elo- 
quence swayed the great delegation many times where 
eloquence was not often matched, perhaps, save in the 
United States Senate. The names of Vaniman, Filburn, 
Gibson, Stutzman and Lear, all remind me of times when 
the trend of times drifted us apart, to see them move to- 
ward unity, harmony and cooperation. 

■ — Wabash, Indiana. 



A "Red Sea" often rolls between our sorrows and our 
songs. 



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eral Conferences have also had the privilege of seeing 
the plant working. The new press which is shown 
above, has become a boon to the putting out of the 
work that comes to us. Not alone are we able to get out 
our own magazine, "The Brethren Evangelist," and our 
Sunday School Quarterlies, very much faster, but the 
ether work is sped up in such a manner that more and 
better work can be done in an expeditious manner. 

This extra time that can be put in by the force is 
aided in speed with the automatic Kluge Job press, 
which was purchased some several years ago. This press 
does fine and rapid work on small pieces of printed 
matter. Isis an asset to the work. 

The new automatic folder, which has been in the . 

offing for some time, and which is shown on the upper J?j 
right tf these pages, is a genuine time saver. Geared 
to a speed of nearly 7,000 folded pieces an hour, it does 
the work in practically one-fourth of the time taken 
by the old hand feed method. Also it is more accurate 
in the fold, and because there are over 200 different 
types of fold that can be made on it, we will be equipped 
to do many more kinds of work than ever before. This ■ 
folded has been set in on approval and it is proving 
to be a fine asset to the work. | 

BUT THIS, OF COURSE, MEANS THAT 
IT MUST BE PAID FOR 

You will recall that three years ago the project to «» 
raise $15,000.09 was launched. This was to cover the >» 
cost of the new press and other equipment. This "other 
equipment" included the present "folder" which now is 



JANUARY .14, 1950 



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Plant - 



Yes, it is your property, for it belongs to The 
Brethren Church, and every member becomes a 
Stockholder. Here are some interesting facts. 



'NG PLANT is gradually coming into its own. 
■adually being re-equipped with the machinery 
in the work of modern printing. It has been a 
press for the goal, but we are coming to the 
see the line which will spell the winning of the 

I HAVE A FINE BUILDING 

ti and others who come to the publishing house 
laim of the fitness of the Brethren Publishing 
I salesman told our President that he heard 
n that our plant in Ashland is one of the best 
state. But that would not be possible without 
■ which we now have and which is so nearly 

esides the physical printing plant and its 

offices which are rented by the Missionary 

en Church. Also there are two fine upstairs 

small residence to the west of the main plant, 

occupied and bringing in a very nice income. 

'S GO INSIDE THE PLANT 

have had the privilege of attending our Gen- 




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installed .and just awaiting our approval. The full amount of this $15,000.00 
was not complete, there remaining a considerable amount yet not paid into 
this fund. Intermittently we receive various sums which are being contributed 
— such .as the $119.00 which you will find reported under the "Office Glean- 
ings" in this issue. As we have been saying from time to time, "It may be 
even now that some of our readers have not completed their pledges and such 
pledges should be completed by this time." How about yours? 

THE REMAINING PART OF THE EQUIPMENT NEEDS 

As we had included it in the project, is the "rebuilding of the Intertype 
line casting machine" upon which all body type of our magazines is set. This 
one machine has been in constant use for many, many years. But the time has 
come when something MUST be done about it. Practically no money has been 
expended on this equipment in the past twenty-five years. But regardless of 
how good an instrument is, and how much care is given it, wear will finally 
take its toll. We have in our machine operator, one who is able to take care 
of the equipment, and with time out from the regular work of setting the ma- 
terial, has been able to keep it running. But aside from the time he is com- 
pelled to "waste" in making such repairs, he is kept from setting as much 
material as he is able to set. All in all much would be gained in time and en- 
ergy if we could immediately rebuild this machine. 

Therefore we feel no hesitancy in coming to you at this Publication Day 
Month of January and urging that you definitely come to the aid of this par- 
ticular part of the work by making your offering just a little greater than 
usual. The College had an "emergency." How well you met it is shown by the 
fact that this "Interest" of the church is going to close its account on this 



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"emergency" in the black. OURS IS ALSO AN EMER- 
GENCY. Though it has not been created by a fire hazard, 
but it is an emergency nevertheless. So we are presenting 
"OUR EMERGENCY" to you and we are depending on 
you to meet it in the same gracious spirit that you met 
the college emergency. 

JUST BY WAY OF A REMINDER 

Of course we are not forgetting the main issue of the 
Publication Day Offering — that of subsidising or under- 
writing the deficit which must always come from the print- 
ing of a church paper. Let us say again, as we have said 
so often, that no church paper can possibly pay for itself. 
We still need, and will need this extra money to meet the 
cost of the oaper and the quarterlies, which the price of 
$1.50 and 9 cents per quarter, respectively, does not cover. 

SO LET US GET BEHIND THIS OFFERING WITH 
ALL OUR HEARTS. 



Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

crease of 25% over 1948. The slogan "150 by '50" still 
remains as a target for them to shoot at during the year 
we have just entered. The highest attendance in 1949 was 
137 and the lowest was 79. 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother W. S. Crick says that the Gratis 
Brethren joined the other churches in the Week of Prayer, 
with the services on Friday evening being held at our 
church. The three churches of Gratis were used as meet- 
ing places. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother D. C. White, Milledge- 
ville pastor, announces that Brother Floyd Sibert, pastor 
of the Pleasant Hill,, Ohio, Brethren Church, will be the 
evangelist in the coming revival time with the services 
being held from March 20th to April 2nd. 

A Card From Brother W. R. Deeter. In a card to the 
editor, Brother Deeter says, "A line to let you know how 
I am. I came home from the hospital last Thursday (De- 
cember 29th). I am gaining slowly and am on the road to 
recovery. Prayers, letters, cards galore — from California 
to Ohio. The people have been wonderful. Guess I was 
pretty close to the Empty Mansion, but the Lord lifted me 
above the shadows." We rejoice in the good news. 

Washington, D. C. The Washington Church held a "Big 
Holiday Party" on Wednesday evening, December 28th, 
following the regular prayer meeting. There were games 
and fun for everyone. 

Ashland, Ohio. Sunday evening, January 8th, was the 
first of the new year's Youth Sunday evening Hours. The 
opening service was in charge of the Children's Bible Class, 
which meets each Wednesday evening. The children aston- 
ish us every time we hear what they have learned and 
how they have retained what they have learned of the Old 
Testament in the past year. The second part of the service 
was given over to the showing of the sound film, "The Life 
of St. Paul — Part 4," which was well received by the audi- 
ence. 

The Ashland Church will observe its quarterly Commun- 
ion on Sunday evening, January 15th, at 7:00 o'clock. 



Mrs. E. J. Beekley is honored. We quote from a news- 
paper clipping which we just received. "Lance A. Mantle, 
manager of Church Extension Service, of Golden, Colo- 
rado, has announced the appointment of Mrs. E. J. Beek- 
ley of Warsaw, Indiana, as editor for the publication, 'For 
Women Only.' This monthly publication is issued in the 
interest of missionary societies or other church women's 
groups for all denominatoins in the Protestant Churches. 
Mr. Mantle is also the publisher of several other publica- 
tions for church workers, including the "Pastor's Idea Kit," 
and the "Sunday School Idea Kit." As editor of 'For Wom- 
en Only,' Mrs. Beekley will be responsible for a monthly 
program suitable for presentation at regular meetings 
and also sections on stewardship, spiritual life, missions 
and social action." She is the wife of Brother Beekley, 
pastor of the Warsaw, Indiana, Church. We offer congrat- 
ulations. 



ATTENTION MEMBERS OF THE W. M. S. 

The editor of the "Woman's Outlook" received the fol- 
lowing from Sister Carrie Stoffer, too late to place in the 
current issue of the "Outlook." At her request we are pre- 
senting it here: We quote the letter — 
"Dear W. M. S. members: 

"We want to thank you for the clothing that you have 
already sent us this fall and winter. We have appreciated 
your help. But do not send us any more. Our present needs 
have been generously supplied and our room for storing 
clothing is limited. 

"Yours in His Service, 

"Carrie Stoffer." 

NOW PLEASE NOTE. This above letter does not apply 
to our Lost Creek Mission at Lost Creek — only to the 
clothin|g sent to Haddix. 



OPEN FOR REVIVAL DATES 

Any church desiring an evangelistic or revival campaign 
in their church, please contact the undersigned. We be- 
lieve the Lord can use us to bring victory to you and 
your people. 

Rev. H. R. Garland, 
16 E. Second Street, 
West Alexandria, Ohio. 



SCRIPTURES IN SPANISH BRAILLE 

Copies of two volumes containing I Corinthians through 
II Timothy and Titus through Revelation in Spanish 
Braille are now available from the American Bible So- 
ciety. The publication of these two books completes the 
New Testament, which requires seven large volumes, for 
the Spanish-speaking Blind. While the books are pub- 
lished particularly for the Blind of Latin America, there 
are many Spanish-speaking persons in the United States 
who will welcome these embossed volumes in their own 
language. 

The Bible Society furnishes Braille volumes to the Blind 
at twenty-five cents a volume, although the cost is many 
times that amount. Where a person is unable to pay even 
this small amount the Braille books are furnished without 
cost. 



JANUARY 14, 1950 



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Vastoral and Evangelistic 
Sketches 

Perhaps the time has come when we should be heard 
from through the columns of our church paper under the 
above caption. The past months have kept us busy. No, 
we have not retired from the ministry, for not many Lord's 
days have passed that we have not been found ministering 
to congregations of various denominations in spiritual 
things. About a year ago we received an invitation from 
our church at 

Roann, Indiana 

to supply their pulpit and minister to them in various 
ways until such a time as a resident minister could be se- 
cured. We accepted the call and for nearly a year we had 
a very pleasant and profitable sojourn among them. We 
found in the Roann brethren a people loyal to the local 
church and to all our general interests, for every appeal 
presented to them was given careful consideration. The at- 
tendance at all services during our stay with them was 
commendable. The .Bible School averaged around one- 
hundred-forty, and the worship service was never disap- 
pointing or discouraging to the preacher. Especially en- 
couraging was the evening service, which, oftentimes was 
as largely attended as the morning service. Two series of 
sermons, with fifteen messages in each series, was consid- 
ered for the evening hour of worship. These were, "The 
Scarlet Cord" and "The Seven Churches." Two first time 
confessions and two reconsecrations were received during 
this supply period. The writer considers the Roann church 
as among our best churches, and we shall look forward to 
and expect continued growth and progress in the years 
ahead under the able leadership of their present pastor, 
Brother J. F. Baldwin. 

At a reception for the Baldwins and the Grissos, each 
family was presented with a beautiful stand lamp. Well, 
as for the retiring pastor this is just one of the many 
expressions and marks of appreciation shown by these 
Brethren for our labors among them. For, indeed they 
were very extravagant in their words of praise and ap- 
preciation for what help we were able to give them at 
a time when they needed it so greatly. We have added 
during these few months, a great number to our list of 
friends, here in the village of Roann. Our only desire for 
them is that they shall continue to be a great blessing to 
the community as they have been in the past. 

New Lebanon, Ohio 

Lord's day, October second, found us again in a former 
pastorate at New Lebanon, Ohio, sharing with this good 
people and their pastor all that goes with an annual Home- 
coming and Rally day. Well, it was a great day among 
them, to say the least. We spoke to more than three hun- 
dred at the morning hour of worship. They have lost many 
of their faithful leaders by death since we labored among 
them, but others have been found to take their place, and 
thus the church continues to go and glow and grow, under 
spiritual sons and daughters among them. 

Mrs. Grisso and the writer enjoyed the day immensely 



in the midst of a host of friends and brethren. New Leb- 
anon, too, is a great church and we rejoice to have some 
spiritual sons and daughters among them. 

Leaving New Lebanon we spent Lord's Day evening in 
Springfield with my brothers and only sister, leaving Mon- 
day for Pleasantville, near Lancaster, Ohio, for a few 
hours with our son Charles and family, where he is now 
well established in the Undertaking business. 

Ardmore Heights, South Bend, Indiana 

The last Lord's day of October we drove to Ardmore 
Heights, a beautiful suburb of the Bendix section of South 
Bend, to assist the good pastor of that church in a two 
weeks evangelistic effort. That meeting has already been 
reported with its visible results as to baptisms, etc. Run- 
ning true to form in these days, the number of additions 
were not tuo many. Evangelism here is different indeed 
from some twenty years ago in this same church the Lord 
was pleased to give us near a half -hundred souls. But, we 
believe that this was a genuine old-fashioned revival. In- 
deed, a great spiritual awakening. The folks came and 
prayed and studied their Bibles and went out among the 
villagers to talk to lost souls. It was such faithfulness 
that brought the blessing and the victory. 

This was this preacher's first meeting with Brother 
Porte. I trust it will not be the Last one, for he is a genu- 
ine true-blue yokefellow in evangelism. He knows his peo- 
ple and they know him and their praise and admiration 
and love is mutual. As for myself I counted it a great 
privilege to spend these days with him and the two weeks 
in his home with the family, for here too, we were given 
every kindness and consideration that could be accorded 
an evangelist. While this church like many others has 
passed through some dark days, we believe the dawn is 
breaking for a new and better day for the Ardmore church. 
The pesent outlook is encouraging and with the leadership 
of the Portes we can rightly expect to hear of continuous 
victories from this field. 

We were made happy and encouraged by the presence 
of brethren from surrounding churches. Brother Stude- 
baker and some of his South Bend folks were present sev- 
eral times, as also Brother King from Elkhart. Also from 
North Liberty some of our friends of other years were 
present for several nights. Our son-in-law K. R. Seiler, 
and, of course, our daughter Vada, from Laporte, Indiana, 
came over twice and gave us some very beautiful musical 
numbers. 

Again we wish to express our deepest appreciation to 
the pastor and his people for this opportunity to serve 
them, and for the many kind words on their part for our 
labors and, more particularly now for the very gracious 
generous love-gift. It was all wonderful! May we all be 
kept busy and faithful to the Great Head of the Church, 
Until His Appearing. 

C. C. Grisso, Evangelist. 



Gratitude is one of the trifles that helps make a little 
man a big man. 

If you look back too much, you will soon be heading 
that way. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 




Topics copyrighted by the Int 



al Society of Chniti. 



Topic for January 29, 1950 

GOD DESIGNS 

Scripture: John 1:3, 10; Romans 11:33-36; Colossians 
1:16, 17 

For the Leader 

ONE CANNOT READ the selected passages of Scrip- 
ture tonight without becoming profoundly aware of 
the greatness of God, and the place of the Trinity in cre- 
ation. The greater mass of men live from day to day with- 
out thought or concern about the creation of this wonder- 
ful universe. Their thoughts do not rise to praise their 
Maker and Provider. The Christian should never be guilty 
of this. Our wonderful Bible gives to us the illumination 
for our lives. In it we can learn of God and His love. Our 
scriptures tonight are outstanding examples of the way 
God's Word tells us about Himself. Assuming that we had 
never had any training or knowledge about creation, or 
who did the work, we certainly would have after reading 
these passages. Their depth of thought and content com- 
pels us to reverence our God, and bow before Him in won- 
derment and awe. If a reading of it does not do that, then 
read it again and again until the full impact does reach 
us. God designs; He also designs for our lives. 

DISCUSSION 

1. CAST ASIDE. One of the saddest, heart-breaking 
thoughts expressed in scripture is found in the first chap- 
ter of John. Here, in the 3rd verse, we have the statement 
that Christ (the Word) made all things. Later, in the 10th 
verse, we read that He was in the world (when He lived 
here) and yet the world knew Him not. Christ the Son, 
with God in creation, later coming in the flesh, was not 
honored by His creation. They cast Him aside and would 
not ihonor Him with their lives and worship. Instead, they 
denied Him. But don't blame the people in His day too 
much. We do the same thing today. How many people now 
fall upon their knees in praise to Him for all that His 
creative power has done for us? There is a lesson we can 
well learn ourselves. This universe, life, etc., are all in His 
power. All who work with Him and are in His will are a 
part of His plan. All who are not, shall be cast aside by 
the One whom they themselves have cast aside. 

2. THE GREAT MIND OF GOD. In Romans the 11th 
chapter we find a song of praise unto God for all that 
He has done. It suggests that the wisdom of the mind of 
God is beyond comparison. Yet there are people who ques- 
tion the judgment and will of God. They cannot see why 
some things occur in their lives. They feel if God was 
just, thus and so would not have happened. Some go 
even so far as to stick their fist into the face of God and 
curse Him. Others feel their judgment is better than God's, 
for they never seek His help through prayer. We Chris- 
tians are told in this passage that the wisdom of God is 
best for our lives. Elsewhere the scripture tell us that 



man's best bet is to submit his will to God's will. Paul 
feels this too, for after telling us about the wisdom of 
God, he breaks into the matchless 12th chapter of Romans 
wherein he tells us to present ourselves unto God a living 
sacrifice unto God. We cannot repay God for His wonder- 
ful works, but we can give ourselves unto Him. If you 
want to make God happy, and if you want to obtain for 
yourself a safe berth in heaven, with lots- and lots of re- 
wards, just recognize that God's wisdom is best, and do 
what Paul wants you to do; give your life and body in ser- 
vice to God. 

3. CHRIST SUPREME. There is a big word with which 
we should become familiar. It is the word "preeminence." 
Simply, it meant to make supreme, first, greatest; it means 
to give glory and honor to one only. Thus, in giving Christ 
the preeminence, we are making Him the greatest, the 
first, the king and ruler in! our lives. Paul says so in Col- 
ossians. "He is before all things." That is, Christ is the 
greatest of all. The universe, and all God's creation abides 
by His will except man. The Devil, in his design to de- 
stroy God, became rebellious. Today, as ever, he is taking 
many people to help Him destroy God. When we do things 
which are sinful; when we go places which are sinful; 
when we swear, lie, deceive, etc., we are siding in with the 
Devil against God. When we wilfully do these things, we 
are telling Christ He isn't supreme in our lives, for if He 
were, we wouldn't do them. The Devil, and all who defy 
God, will not succeed in their plot to overthrow God, but 
will themselves be cast into everlasting punishment. Don't 
you think it is far better to make Christ supreme in our 
lives ? 

4. THE MOST WONDERFUL MECHANISM. All of us 
have been amazed at the great mechanical ability that 
can turn out today's watches, radios, planes and automo- 
biles. The countless thousands of parts and controls which 
keep these creations running smoothly. But now, stop and 
consider your own body. It is the most wonderful mech- 
anism ever made. God made it. He designed it. It is well 
built, it had good control of all its parts, it is self pro- 
pelling and self sustaining. It takes food and transforms 
it into energy and tissue. Damage it, and at once it seeks 
to rebuild itself. It is at our service, to go where we will 
it, and do what we will it to do. It can be abused; it can 
be used for lust and sin. We can 1 use it to cast ourselves 
into Hell. God, however, in designing the body for us had 
a different purpose in mind. He wants us to use this body 
for His glory and service. He has sent His Son to redeem 
our souls from sin; He has also promised to redeem the 
body. If the body no longer can be a fit home for the soul, 
the soul leaves, and we are called dead. The empty body 
is buried. At the rapture, all the bodies of saints, plus 
those of Christian pilgrims yet alive on the earth, shall 
be made over into perfect, sinless, heavenly bodies. So, 
serve Christ with your full body and talents. Keep your- 
self free from sin's deathly entanglements, for the day of 
perfection shall come. God has said so, and it will come to 
pass. 

QUESTIONS 

Do you think the average man, not a Christian, has any- 
thing relating to a proper conception of God, as God really 
is? 

Can a man worship God without being a Christain ? 



JANUARY 14, 1950 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



er Ytleeting 
Studies 




IF CHRIST SHOULD PREACH TODAY 

If Christ should preach today 

I think He would be heard 
In th' modest church that I attend, 

For there I hear His Word. 
In fact — I say this reverently — 

I've heard Him speak to me; 
He bade me trust His cleansing blood, 

And be from sin made free. 

He bade me walk with Him in white 

In garments not my own; 
But robed in righteousness He gave, 

In ways His Word makes known. 
What matter if my earthly dress 

Be not of gorgeous hue ? 
He looks upon my inner self, 

And bids me there be true. 

Oh, yes, I think if Jesus came 

To earth today to preach, 
He'd seek some church where praying folk 

Seek hungry souls to reach. 
The folk with list'ning ears and hearts 

Who follow in His way, 
Would honored by His presence be, 

Came He to preach today. 

— Anna L. Dreyer. 

THE GOSPEL CHRIST WOULD PREACH TODAY 
Scripture: 1 Cor. 15:1-4 
Hymn: "Break, Thou, The Bread of Life" 
Prayers 
Seed Thoughts for Discussion: 

GOD CANNOT GET MEN SAVED without preaching 
(1 Cor. 1:21). "Sermonettes are for Christianettes." 
It is the gospel alone that saves (Rom. 1:16). Our Scrip- 
ture lesson tells what the gospel is (1 Cor. 15:1-4). A 
curse is pronounced upon those who preach any other gos- 
pel (Gal. 1:6-9). Preachers of "salvation by character" 
and the "social gospel" are condemned (Matt. 23:33) be- 
cause they are blind to the indispensible atonement in Je- 
sus' blood. The false gospelers are not to be supported 
nor entertained (2 John 9-11). 

All the Word of God is to be preached (2 Tim. 4:1-2). 
Ezra is an example of Bible preaching (Neh. 8:8). Peter 
on the day of Pentecost quoted five verses from Jo.el, chap- 
ter 2, and gave an exposition of Psalm 16:8-10 (Acts 2:14- 
39). Likewise Jesus amplified Old Testament Scripture, 
spiritualized and applied (Matt. 5). 

•Bible preachers denounce sin (2 Tim. 4:2). Consider the 



preaching of the prophets. Nathan was fearless (2 Sam. 
12:7). So was John the Baptist (Matt. 3:7, 8; 14:3, 4), 
and Stephen (Acts 7:51-53). God honors the martyred 
preachers (Rev. 3:21; Acts 7:56). Jesus and Paul were 
sharp against sin (Matt. 23:13-33; Acts 13:10). God will 
be faithful to those who are faithful to Him (1 Sam. 
2:30). 

Isaiah did not fail to preach on Hell (Isa. 5:14, 16; 14: 
9). Jesus was the arch preacher on Hell (Matt. 5:22; 10: 
28; 13:49-50; 14:40-42). Jesus told of the rich man tor- 
mented in Hell (Luke 16:19-31). Paul was a judgment 
preacher (Acts 24:25). 

Bible preachers preached repentance (Ezek. 33:11; Matt. 
3:2; 4:17; Luke 13:1-5; 24:47; Acts 2:38; 17:30). They 
advocated prompt decision for Christ (Ex. 32:26; Josh. 24: 
15; John 6:67-69; Luke 8:43-48; 14:23; Heb. 3:7). 




Gowiments on the Lesson by the Editor 



M 



Lesson for January 29, 1950 

UNTO ALL MEN 

Lesson: Acts 10:17-20, 24, 34-43 

TANY TIMES we are forced to wonder how there can 
be what we call "race prejudice" or "race discrimi- 
nation" in the carrying of the Gospel to men! The words 
found in the Great Commission as delivered by Jesus in 
the last day He was here on the earth, and just before 
He ascended to the Father's side, can in no way be inter- 
preted as setting a race or color line. He said, first of all, 
"Go ye!" This is the "forward march" command. Then He 
tells us what we are to do when we arrive at our destina- 
tion — "Teach ALL nations." The "all" here is the mighty 
word — for it immediately breaks down every barrier be- 
tween men. It at once gives every man an equal oppor- 
tunity to receive the salvation which Jesus came to earth 
to impart — if we, who are His responsible stewards, are 
true to our obligation to send the Word all over the world. 

But let us note that nothing is said about "social inter- 
mingling of races." Let us remember that the chosen race 
was warned about intermarriage of races and its conse- 
quences. It was intermarriage and intermingling of so- 
cial and heathen religious customs that spelled the down- 
fall of the Israelitish nations. 

But there is a definite responsibility to carry the Gos- 
pel to the entire world population, regardless of race. It is 
only as men receive this gospel and embrace it in its full 
measure, that they become "children of God" in the sense 
of "one people." 

Let us look at a little scripture! John 1:10-13 reads like 
this: "He (Jesus) was in the world, and the world was 
made by him, and the world knew him not. He came to 
his own, and his own received him not. But as many as 
reecived him, to them gave he power (or the right or 
privilege) to become the sons of God, even to them that 



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believe on his name: which were born, not of blood (not 
a physical relation), nor of the will of the flesh (procre- 
ated), nor of the will of man (man's ability or desire), 
but of God." In other words, we find that being accepted 
into the family of God does not depend on the human 
status, but upon belief and acceptance of the plan of sal- 
vation. To this status any and all may rise — if they will. 

Jesus left no doubt in anyone's mind as to the scope of 
the Gospel — it is for all men. Neither did He leave any 
doubt in anyone's mind that there is a definite line that 
must be crossed to become a "son of God." True it is, as 
our lesson plainly shows, that "God is no respecter of per- 
sons," as Peter found out. And it holds true both in the 
acceptance or rejection of God's Son as the Savior of man 
from sin. 

The idea that all religions lead men to God can only be 
branded as a "false philosophy." Peter says, Acts 4:12 — 
"Neither is there salvation in any other (speaking of Je- 
sus): for there is none other name under heaven given 
among men, whereby w.e must be saved." And Paul says, 
in I Timothy 2:5, "For there is one God, and one mediator 
between God and man, the man Christ Jesus." One God — 
One Christ — One means of Salvation — unto all men. One 
dividing line that puts the true followers of the Risen 
Christ on one side and the unbelievers on the other — re- 
gardless of race or color. 

The relationship is not one of race — but one of unity 
in Christ; not one of social uplift, no matter how impor- 
tant that may be — but of spiritual uplift; not one of phys- 
ical contact — but oneness with the Father and the Son. 
For all men ? Yes, assuredly, but in God's own way. 




(As in the case of Death notices, so it will be in the 
case of Wedding Announcements, just short notices as 
those below. This is in accordance to the policy of the 
Publication Board, effective with January 1, 1950). 

DETTERMAN-SHADE. The wedding of Beulah Detter- 
man to William Shade took place at the First Brethren 
Church of Elkhart, Indiana, on June 4, 1949. Mr. Shade 
is a member of the Warsaw Brethren Church. 

WARGON-DETTWEILER. Mary Ellen Wargon was 
united in marriage to Kenneth Dettweiler on June 11, 
1949 at the First Brethren Church, Elkhart, Indiana. The 
bride is a member of the Elkhart church. 

SCHROCK-COCANOWER. Annabelle Schrock and 
Clyde Cocanower were united in marriage on June 12, 
1949 in an open church wedding at Elkhart, Indiana. Both 
are members of the Elkhart Brethren Church. 

PICKRELL-FORRY. The wedding of Mrs. Ollie Pickrell 
and Merle Forry took place on June 28, 1949 at the Elk- 
hart Church, of which both are faithful members. 



CORNELIUS-JBROWN. Barbara Cornelius was united 
in marriage to Arthur Brown in a lovely home wedding on 
July 10, 1949. The ceremony was performed by her broth- 
er, assisted by the undersigned, her pastor. 

SHEARER-MILLER. Betty Lou Shearer and Fred Mil- 
ler were united in marriage on September 3, 1949 before 
a few friends in the Elkhart Church. 

KENDALL-POTTERMAN. Charlene Kendall and Eu- 
gene Potterman were married on November 12, 1949 at the 
Castle E. U. B. Church in Elkhart, by the pastor, Rev. 
Wells. She is a member of the Elkhart Brethren Church, 
and he of the E. U. B. Church. 

WILSON-MORNINGSTAR. Helen Wilson was united 
in marriage to Melvin Moringstar on November 26, 1949, 
at the bride's home in Milford, Indiana, the ceremony be- 
ing performed by the undersigned. 

SECRIST-KEPKER. Margaret Secrist was united in 
marriage to Charles Kepker on Sunday, December 4, 1949, 
in the Elkhart Church, of which she is a member. 

L. V. King. 

GRABLE-WRAY. Clifford Wray, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
W. C. Wray was united in marriage to Phyllis Ann Grable, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ora Grable, in a beautiful dou- 
ble ring ceremony at the Corinth Brethren Church, of 
which both are members. They will reside in Brook, In- 
diana. The date was October 16, 1949. 

G. L. Maus. 

HARNDEN-HUSE. Wedding bells chimed for Donald 
Huse and Dorothy Harnden in the First Brethren Church, 
Manteca, California, on November 26, 1949. Both of the 
contracting parties are active members of the Manteca 
Brethren Church. The groom is the son of Mrs. Estella 
Huse of Ripon, California, and the bride the daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hardner of Manteca. 

J. Wesley Piatt. 



If we stopped to think more we would stop to thank 
more. 

But what use can a man make of a creed that he has not 
got? 




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ONE YEAR OLD 
Washington, D. C. Reports Anniversary 

Sunday, December 11th marked the first birthday of 
the Washington, D. C. Church, when special anniversary 
services were held. There was no birthday cake with a 
candle, but there was in the air a spirit of gladness and 



JANUARY 14, 1950 



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thankfulness for the fine, new first unit, remembering 
only too well the struggles and trials incident to worship- 
ping in other than a church building. Unfortunately the 
weather was against us and many of those regularly in 
attendance were ill, but it was felt they shared the enthu- 
siasm just the same. 

Before the splendid morning message, when the pastor, 
Rev. C. S. Fairbanks, took for his topic, "Set forward 
the Work of the Lord's House," roll call was had, which 
heretofore has been scheduled on Building Fund Sunday in 
February. It might be interesting to note here that dur- 
ing the past year eleven members were added to the 
church roster, making a total of one hundred and thirty- 
seven. While not large, it is felt this figure is encouraging. 
Many new faces are seen each Sunday, some out-of-town 
visitors, some brought by our own faithful members, and 
some known for many years who come back to the Capi- 
tal for a visit. Several of our members, now living else- 
where, sent messages to be read in answer to their names, 
some of whom were Mrs. A. B. Cover, Mrs. Betty Fox 
(now of Alliance, Ohio), Mrs. Mary Ellen Vincent Sigler, 
and Mrs. Georgia Collins Stuber of Ashland, Ohio. 

On Monday night, December 12th, a fellowship covered 
dish supper was had, which was well attended despite a 
pouring rain. Served buffeteria style, the delicious dishes 
were enjoyed by all. Following this, choruses were sung 
and colored movies, some taken at the former place of 
worship (Friendship House) were shown. These too, were 
greatly enjoyed and quite a few caused great amusement 
when some of our young people were shown as mere chil- 
dren! 

All in all the birthday celebration at Washington was a 
happy and memorable occasion. The heartaches and dis- 
advantages of six years of worshipping in a building not 
conducive to worship, were but memories, and hopes were 
high for even greater accomplishments in years to come. 

Mrs. Ona Lee Sams. 

MEYERSDALE, PENNSYLVANIA 

As these lines are being written, it is the night of Dec. 
7tih, which to most people has little significance beyond the 
anniversary of Pearl Harbor. To the writer, though, and 
to the Church he serves, it is the anniversary of one year 
since we moved to Meyersdale to shepherd this flock. We 
well remember the circumstances which brought about the 
acceptance of the call these fine people gave to us to be 
their pastor. We have not for one moment of the year re- 
gretted our decision to come here in answer to their call. 

The year has seen much in the way of progress and 
joy and results, for these people have given of their time, 
prayers, substance and effort to build up the work. It has 
been a year of joy for us. Of course, there- have been dis- 
appointments, sorrows, etc., but what phase of the Lord's 
work does not have these things? 

Most of you in the denomination are well aware of the 
situation in Meyersdale a year ago, and we believe, are 
very much interested in the situation as it now is. For the 
progress which has been made we give all the credit to 
God, for His abundant help and blessing, and to the peo- 
ple who have worked and prayed and given in response to 
our suggestions, efforts and plans. To the credit of the 



Meyersdale people, they have had a mind to work together 
to build up the work. 

When we arrived on the field we found a lovely church 
with parsonage adjoining, convenient, well heated, and 
well built. On our first Sunday, we were greeted with about 
half a hundred people, full of spirit, expressing an eager- 
ness to do all within their power to build up the work. 
One of our first decisions was to hold Sunday evening ser- 
vices and Mid-Week services. Through the year, this has 
been supplemented with Christian Endeavor (Junior, now 
a young people's Society has been started), Choir practice, 
Sisterhood of Mary and Martha, and Signal Lights. As 
we have grown, our Sunday School has been re-organized 
until now we can be very proud of what we have. Adult 
Class meetings have been made a regular monthly feature, 
along with the Woman's Missionary Society, which group 
has been the outstanding Organization through the years. 

We have tried to move slowly and deliberately, abandon- 
ing many ideas which we could see would not definitely 
help the Church, and following up others which we felt 
were sure-fire for progress. Today, our Sunday School and 
Morning Church services will average 70 to 80, sometimes 
hitting the 100 mark and over. Sunday evenings run 45 to 
50, and over. Christian Endeavor meetings, both groups 
will run 18 to 20 and more each week. Mid-Week services 
run on an average of 17. The last Sisterhood meeting was 
attended by an even dozen girls, and our newly organized 
young couples class had an attendance of 17 at their De- 
cember meeting. These few figures will give you an idea 
of our attendances. They are a challenge to many of our 
churches with larger memberships which never suffered a 
division and troubles which this Church has suffered. To 
our membership in addition to those who have realigned 
their faith with us in church membership, this year we 
have added 16 by baptism and letter. 

Brother Vanator, Editor of the Brethren Evangelist, has 
faithfully gleaned our Bulletins as we have sent them to 
him each week, and the high points of our work have al- 
ready been mentioned on the pages of the Evangelist. 
Much more could be said, about the work of our group 
here, but space would not permit. It is sufficient to say 
that after one year we are conscious that the Lord's bless- 
ing has been upon us, and that many throughout the de- 
nomination have remembered us in prayer. For this we 
give thanks. 

The people here appreciate all that has been done for 
them by our men in the denomination. Since our arrival 
several of the men from Ashland have visited and preached 
for us. Rev. Charles Munson, Youth Director, spoke for 
us one Sunday, and also at a youth banquet in our church 
attended by 100 ! of our own people, and from Berlin, Sum- 
mit Mills and friends. Dr. Glenn Clayton, President of Ash- 
land College, was here over one Sunday. Mrs. Clayton 
sang for us. Arthur Petit and Joseph Shultz also appeared 
in our pulpit. 

We must say a special word in behalf of the Ashland 
College Gospel Team which just recently finished an in- 
spirational five-day stay with us. Rev. and Mrs. Joseph 
Hamel, Rev. Glenn Shank, Lois Coleman and Phyllis 
Deeter, were with us over Thanksgiving vacation, holding 
services from Wednesday evening to Sunday evening. 
These two young preachers are of the finest to be had in 



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their delivery, sincerity, and content of messages. They, 
along with the Girls' trio numbers, plus other specials, won 
for them a warm, undying place in the hearts of our peo- 
ple here. 

During the year, the Church has been completely re- 
decorated, new carpet is on order, and other plans are 
shaping up. We have contributed to all denominational of- 
ferings, and have kept the local finances in good shape. 

A year has passed. We are not stopping; we are not even 
slowing down; we have just whistled at the crossing to 
let you know where we are. It is a pleasure and a satis- 
faction to sit back for a moment on this anniversary and 
realize that the question mark in the minds of some about 
Meyersdale (never in ours) has been removed. From the 
very start we have had faith in these people (though they 
are not as numerous as in other places — but what they 
lack in quantity is more than made up in quality), that 
they would work together and grow in love and fellowship, 
one with the other, and in the work of our Lord and Mas- 
ter. We covet your continued prayers, and invite you to 
visit us at Meyersdale when you are near here. 

W. S. Benshoff, pastor. 



LOREE, INDIANA 

The Loree Brethren Church entered the year of 1950 
with a unanimous call to Rev. Robert K. Higgins to serve 
until October 1, 1951, which call was very graciously ac- 
cepted. 

In the past two years and four months the Loree Church 
has made great progress in Sunday School and Church at- 
tendance, and we feel that we have been bound together 
with greater love and friendship by the fine cooperation 
between pastor and people. 

We have completed our Building program and enter 
the New Year with the church free from debt. This has 
only been accomplished by the goodness of God and the 
faithfulness of the members and friends of the Loree 
church. 

We look forward in the New Year with a greater zeal 
to accept the challenge that it brings to us, and say, as 
Paul, "But this one thing I do, forgetting those things 
which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things 
which are before; I press toward the mark for the prize 
of the high calling in Christ Jesus." 

Ralph W. Jenkins, Moderator. 






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Together we come to face the New Year with the task that confronts the forces 
of Christianity as nve look into the non- christian world. It is well that we have 
opportunities to view the great task of evangelisation, in its complexity — in some 
measures as Jesus Christ, the founder of Christianity, did. This will necessarily en- 
large us, widen our vision, expand our hearts, enrich our character, and give us an 
urge ivith fuller purposes and with higher ideals. 

We need to recall our spiritual heritage, realize our spiritual solidarity, and 
know that a wonderful Christian* fellow ship binds us together in all of our pro- 
grams to the world. 

The New Year must see us demonstrate our love, vitality and the conquering pow- 
er of our Christian Faith. When we so witness to the power of God, we shall not find 
a losing cause, but one of victory. 

■ Scores and hundreds of Godly youth are perceiving the intensity of this unpre- 
cedented, world situation. They recognize that we must serve our generation by fol- 
lowing the will of God. 

The church in every department must be concerned with this generation. It must 
concentrate its rays, its energies; that is, its light and power, upon these impression- 
able years, that they may have stamped upon their life the wonderful vision that 
will be revealed by the Holy Spirit. An overwhelming passion to win lost souls must 
motivate every decision in the church. A small gift or a mere gesture to give some 
satisfaction ivill not be enough, when we can do so much better. It must of necessity 
be a real travail of the soul for these lost people in our great country, as tvell as in 
others. Everyone who has experienced the Gospel in. his heart is under obligation to 
share. 

Not every one will be preaching the Gospel with words. We need, people of 
every toalk of life ivho have a vision for tvorld evangelization. We must believe the 
possibility of preaching the Gospel to all the world in this generation. Is there any- 
thing of greater concern to Jesus Christ or of more profit than the winning of men 
to his eternal glory? 

We enter the New Year in the joy of new possibilities, and ivith a full deter- 
mination to redeem the time. Yet, the first day of the New Year is radiant with new 
joy, and fresh hope, and challenges to greater undertakings in the name of the Lord 
Jesus. E. M. R. 



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Waterloo, Iowa, Brethren are at present with- 
out a regular pastor, so the Secretary of the Mis- 
sion Board was invited to be present Dec. 4. It 
was Missionary Day. The weather was ideal, at- 
tendance very good. Morning and evening mes- 
sages were delivered, besides speaking twenty 
minutes in each the Sunday School and young peo- 
ple's group in the evening. The music for both 
worship services was very beautiful and surely 
impressive. The leaders of the church are doing 
a fine job of leading and planning until the new 
pastor arrives the latter part of the present 
month. The writer, having served this church for 
five years, experienced a day of joy and fellow- 
ship. I must not forget to mention the fellowship 
dinner held in my honor. People from other 
churches came to the services. 

The second Sunday of the month, I enjoyed in 
the Ashland Church. I am there so seldom on Sun- 
days that I am almost a stranger. It was a distinct 
pleasure to be with my local friends in the church 
services. 



The 18th with Glenn (Doc) Shank, student 
pastor at Glenford, where he has preached for 
four full years. This is not a large group but they 
are very faithful. The weather was not pleasant 
or beautiful, yet they were there at the House of 
God. This church has been the training ground 
for more student pastors than any I know. Glen- 
ford is the original home of the Reverend Free- 
man Ankrum, pastor at St. James, Maryland. His 
aged mother is still living and was present at the 
services. After a bountiful dinner in the Guttridge 
home in Newark, we returned home and "called 
it a day." Brother Shank has been very conscien- 
tious and faithful in his services to this church. 

The last day in the afternoon of the old year, 
I travelled to North Manchester, Indiana, for the 
opening of the New Year. Report will appear in 
next issue. 

The new year offers greater opportunities for 
us, not only in missionary endeavor, but in every 
department of our church. If we grow and con- 
tinue to prosper, we must launch out in faith. Our 
missionary program must be a venture of faith. 
Our God has answered before and supplied our 
needs through consecrated life and gifts. He will 
do it again. We must recover the lost faith, if we 
would expect to be endued with power. 

Much prayer needed for 1950. 

E. M. R. 



The following paragraph from Dr. Charles A. Bame's 
Christinas message in the last missionary number is a 
correction. We are sorry that mistakes appeared in his 
timely Christmas message. Please read the correction 
(paragraph 7). E. M. R. 

And in the words of another /of long ago too rich to be 
lost: "His birth was mean below, but celebrated by halle- 
lujahs of the heavenly host above; he had a poor lodging 
but a star lighted the path of those who sought him; he 
had no magnificent equipage as others had, but he healed 
and comforted, fed and taught all who came believing; and 
when he walked on the sea it bore him up as if he were 
walking on the rock; he had no treasury, but the fish gave 
him money when the need arose; he had no barns nor corn- 
fields but when occasion offered, he fed five thousand with 
five small loaves and two fishes; He perhaps had few in 
his funeral procession, but the earth mourned as darkness 
covered the earth for three long hours — clad it in black 
for the occasion; they parted his garments and cast lots 
for his vesture and failed to rend their clothes as was the 
custom of the times; but the rocks were rent instead as an 
earthquake burst them asunder; he had no grave of his 
own; but was buried with the rich in his death and there, 
was achieved the glory of God as he emerged from the 
grave on the first day of the week, conqueror of death, 
hell and the grave, not for himself alone but for all who 
believe in him." (Not quoted verbatim.) 



JANUARY 21, 1950 



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Our Church Shares A Ministry 



in Mi 



ssionary oervice 



Dr. R. F. Porte 




About three years ago a prominent eastern minister 
presented a study of the church situation as presented by 
the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches. The discus- 
sion seemed to center on two important points. First, 
that the Roman Catholic church and its activities are made 
prominent in daily newspapers and in other news maga- 
zines. The Protestant churches do not appear in such bold 
front on the printed page. It seems that Protestants do 
not make their churches appear significant enough in the 
public eye. 

The second important point of discussion in the article 
referred to suggests that Roman Catholics make much of 
their claim to authority while Protestants make more of 
their religious differences. It is these two ideas that "set 
this writer to thinking" and making some observations. 
A casual passing glance seems to make both criticisms 
of Protestantism to be true and not too complimentary. 
We do not advertise enough and we spend too much time 
on something which does not claim the attention of the 
needy world. 

The unity of God in creation, salvation, and guidance 
demands of all believers a fundamental consideration of 
our mutual sharing and presenting the truth of God to 
an unbelieving world. Unsaved people do not take time to 
untangle the theological or doctrinal differences among 
the churches but the unsaved world does take notice of 
the fruits of our mutual faith and service in the world. 
True doctrine is imperative to a faithful witness of the 
ti-uth but our methods should by no means take the most 
prominent place in our duty to present the Living God. 
Unless our building follows the plan of God for this 
church age, we are certain to meet some sort of danger- 
ous conclusion. The foundation and the completed build- 
ing must not conflict. What goes in between foundation 
and finished building must meet the approval of the ar- 
chitect. We are faced with a practical acceptance of the 
unity of God when any people attempt to work for God. 

In the next place we share in a common salvation. The 
death of Christ atones for the sins of the whole world and 
"there is no name under Heaven given among men where- 
by we must be saved." Most churches, including the Roman 
Catholic, lay vital importance on the cross of Calvary and 
the shed blood of Christ poured out for sin and unclean- 



ness. Upon the basis of Bible authority we do all share in 
presenting the one remedy for sin in the work of Christ. 
There is one God and one Christ and one Holy Spirit and 
one remedy for sin to which all orthodox Christians con- 
fess. The presentation of salvation from the Bible is cer- 
tainly of mutual interest to every Christian and every help 
and encouragement to this work means victory to every 
Christian. The words of a well known hymn tells us 

"We are not divided; all one body we, 

One in hope and doctrine, ONE IN CHARITY." 

In all the world there is one basis on which people 
everywhere are brought together or forced to it, and that 
is the defense against a common enemy. It is a wonder- 
ful observation that in the time of a crisis differences are 
very much set aside for an emergency of universal mean- 
ing. It is not in time of war always that this united front 
is set up. We share in great catastrophies, in shortages 
of needed articles; in the food supply from farms and fac- 
tories. If people would only see it, we face an enemy that 
would destroy both soul and body in Hell. Some years ago 
now, Dr. John R. Mott challenged the Christian churches 
to send one hundred thousand missionaries to Japan pre- 
dicting that we might be compelled to deal with a pagan 
people with the force of arms and blood. This prediction 
has become true in our day. We could muster thousands 
of our young men to carry destroying weapons against 
Japan but the Christain world seemed unable or unwilling 
to send the Gospel of salvation and peace. The drink bill 
of America in 1948 statistics is more than eight and a 
quarter billions of dollars. The tobacco bill reaches four 
billions of dollars. The cost of crime while large in money 
cost is more serious in the loss of human souls. "The 
god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which 
believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ 
should shine unto them" (2 Cor. 4:4). How shall these un- 
believing people get the glorious Gospel of Christ unless 
Christ's disciples give the Gospel to them ? 

There is a verse in the Gospel of Mark (9:38) that 
ought to make us all think soberly and carefully, "Master, 
we saw one casting out devils in thy name and he fol- 
loweth not us; and we forbad him because he foMoweth 



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not us." The problem of the Christian world is not its divi- 
sions but the common enemy which would overwhelm the 
Christian world if it could. It is a subtle foe that we face 
in modernism, paganism, communism, and the general de- 
nial of the Deity of Christ, His Lordship, His substitu- 
tionary death on the cross and His personal, visible re- 
turn to the earth for His born again people. It is perhaps 
very true that too many people are far too weak in their 
believing and supporting these fundamental beliefs and 
facts of the Gospel of Christ but in the face of deadly ene- 
mies we need to encourage weak believers to "put on the 
whole armour of God" against our subtile enemy. No 
Christian, however weak his faith may be can profit or 
can glorify his Lord except by throwing his life into the 
conflict for our fundamental faith in Christ. The lines are 
definitely marked and every one can know where his heart 
and soul is. Like Joshua, God's appointed leader for His 
people Israel, said to the wavering people, "Who is on 
the Lord's side, let him come to me." That same chal- 
lenge should ring out against any and all wavering or 
careless Christians that they too might definitely stand 
with the people of God against our destroying enemy. 

There is something for Christians to consider that in 
the foreign mission field each evangelical missionary 
teaches the simple fundamental facts of the Christian 
faith. Perhaps the same method should be used in expand- 
ing the Christian faith in the home land. In the home land 
we are heirs of the controversies which began in the 
Protestant Churches in the early 18th century. It might 
be surprising if any large number of members in most any 
denomination could give a clear statement of the particular 
beliefs of their church. The most distressing fact of all 
is the number who have no real conception of the true 
purpose of the church. It appears that to many members of 
churches that they consider church membership as a sort 
of insurance against eternal fire. This negative concep- 
tion of the church destroys much of the vitality of the 
real mission and purpose of the church to witness to a 
saving Lord. 

Much that is said here reverts to our former sugges- 



tion that the spiritual and moral safety of individual 
Christians lies in the defeats of sin of any form and the 
development of the Christ-Life in our hearts. It seems quite 
obvious that a more universal conquest over anti-Chris- 
tian influences would make the spiritual experiences of 
the most highly developed Christians much more enjoy- 
able and safe. The active opposition of evil against Chris- 
tian progress affects all Christians of any degree of spir- 
itual development. Christians use the services of many 
people, like transportation workers, merchants, etc., to as- 
sist them to carry forth the Christain message. It seems 
evident that a sense of sharing on the part of all believ- 
ers in Christ could and should be enlisted and done so 
without weakening the true quality of the Christian mes- 
sage. 

There is one more important idea which every Christian 
should carefully guard and that is the authority of the 
Word of God. If we can enlist more professed Christian 
people to accept the God-breathed doctrine of Bible author- 
ity the lines between believers and non-believers could be 
even more definitely marked. The unity of Christians, their 
basis of sharing in the teaching of the Bible is badly hin- 
dered by too much of man interpretations of Gods' Word. 
There is a vast difference between making the teachings 
of the Bible a source for ethical theory in world society 
and accepting the Bible as God's revealed will demanding 
obedience to the things God has told us. The theory of an 
infallible church and an infallible Bible are very different. 
Sacred as we believe the church to be in its Christ-concep- 
tion, on earth the church is too much affected by human 
personalities. The Bible comes to us attested by its influ- 
ence in the world and its revelations of God and man's sin 
in the world. The Bible is steadfast and constant through 
all the centuries, the visible church has been variant too 
often. Our Lord said, "I will build my church and there- 
fore together every believer in Christ should labor to set 
forth the work of God among us and the infallible guide in 
the Holy Bible. "For the love of Christ constraineth 
us ..." 2 Cor. 5:14. 

Pastor Ardmore Brethren Church, 

South Bend, Indiana. 



NEWS FROM SHERWOOD, MICHIGAN 

"Our work here is beginning to bear fruit," says 
Fred Pippen, who with his wife, have been lead- 
ers in a new work in Matteson Township, near 
Sherwood. Ten have been converted and baptized. 
They have affected a partial organization. Others 
are planning to come into the membership. This 
work started October 3, 1948, and a service has 
been planned and conducted every Sunday, be- 
sides some midweek special services. Their high- 
est attendance has been 80 and the lowest 6. 

Pippen further says— "We are looking forward 
to the bus which the Boy's Brotherhood is work- 
ing for, our own place of worship and the saving 
and edifying of souls." 

This is an exemplary service on the part of iso- 
lated Brethren. 



JANE BYLER IN ARGENTINA IS 
ILL. LET ALL WHO FULLY BE- 
LIEVE IN THE POWER OF PRAYER 
REMEMBER HER DAILY. 




JANUARY 21, 1950 



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Our Church Ministers To Youth 



by C. Y. Gilmer 



First and foremost, the Brethren Church ministers to 
our youth through Brethren homes. Here youth learns by 
imitation first and comprehension later. Here youth gets 
its most enduring ideas of Christian faith and doctrine. 
Each Brethien home is a unit of the Brethren Church. 
The family pew is today's panacea for ailing America. 

Then our church ministers to youth directly through 
public worship and teaching. If the Church did not teach 
its youth it would die. Christian education needs to be 
taken more seriously in both home and church. 

The Sunday School and the Daily Vacation Bible School 
are the graded teaching agencies of the local church. Jun- 
ior church services are popular. A child remembers 10 
cent of what he says, and 90 percent from seeing, 70 per 
cent of what he says, and 90 per cent of what he does. 
,But not more than 4 p.er cent of the emphasis of the Sun- 
day School is placed upon expression. The Daily Vacation 
Bible School is quite successful in continuity and expres- 
sion. Opportunities for spiritual and social adaptation are 
furnished through organized class activities. However, the 
value of a thing is the use to which it is put. 

Other media of usefulness to our youth are Signal 
Lights, Christian Endeavor, Sisterhood and Brotherhood. 
These aim at Biblical and missionary information and ex- 
pression. Signal Lights is a work sponsored by the W. M. 
S. for children up to nine years of age. The remaining 
organizations are classified into junior, intermediate and 
senior groups. 

"Brethren Youth, Incorporated," picks up the loose 
threads that remain, furnishing the connecting links to 
motivate for a great youth movement in the church. This 
organization, though in its beginning, is off to an excel- 
lterit start. It has been quite successful in sending out 
Crusader Teams, holding conferences, and enlisting for 
Christ and the Church. 

Our youth groups are sponsored by the general and the 
district conferences through recognized auxiliary chan- 
nels. These groups have local, district and national goals. 
They have purposeful objectives, and projects. Some main- 
tain their own publication and printed helps. A district 
and a national consciousness is cultivated. General Con- 
ference week is a time for our national Brethren Youth 
Conference. Our youth are no longer regarded as "the 
youth of tomorrow," but rather a vital part of "the church 
of today." 

For years the National Sunday School Board has done 
commendable work for our young people in summer 
camps. Here decisions for Christ and Christian Life Work 
have resulted. A youth interest in the over-all set-up of 
our denomination has been cultivated. It is good for local 
Brethren youth to become acquainted with other Brethren 
young folk and their leaders, 

Ashland C Oege and Seminary have sought earnestly to 



co-laborate with every youth effort in our church. Unfor- 
tunately for our nation, only 2 per cent of college stu- 
dents attend Protestant colleges. There is a fruitful effort 
sustained in interesting Brethren youth in attending our 
Brethren college and seminary. 

We have an appreciable enrollment of preseminary stu- 
dents. A number of churches, being needy of ministerial 
help, have drawn from this course. A number have gone 
out with seminary work incomplete in order to bridge the 
gap in ministerial supply. The Brethren Church is ready 
for young leadership. 

The Missionary .Board of the Brethren Church is inter- 
ested in recruiting youth for "the fields white unto har- 
vest." Brethren literature seeks to interest our young folk. 
Practically every agency of the church seeks to minister 
to our youth. The greatest need is more wholehearted co- 
operation with the agencies we have. 

The Brethren Church best helps her youth by encour- 
aging expression and initiative. The church encourages by 
furnishing attractive avenues of spiritual expression. If 
the child will know how to be a real Christian and a live 
Churchman he will learn while young as did Samuel. All 
things that we do well we learned while young. Those 
who do not learn to work in the church while young will 
always be handicapped. An individual cannot develop with- 
out responsibilities. Youth needs opportunity. The lives 
of spiritually neglected ones is darkness, and their en 1 
is night. 

There is provision in the Brethren Church for adult 
counsel and guidance. It is easy for adults to ignore this 
responsibility. For lack of adult interest the youth of our 
denomination is unorganized in some quarters. Therefore, 
adults, do not wait until the other fellow initiates or de- 
velops something. Be open-minded to change of methods 
in church auxiliary functions. Do some of the plain, prac- 
tical things without regard to criticism or reward. The 
alley is a great educational force for boys. Your church 
should have something for your boys to overcome the 
evil of the alley. Dealing with the young is the most val- 
uable asset the church has. 

Of course, adult guidance needs to be fit for respon- 
sibility. Even factories demand the best leaders. The church 
greatly needs leadership fitted by spiritual nature and by 
inclination to pay the price. With such adult leadership 
we shall not be lacking in young people. 

Adult oversight is not to be noticeably in the forefront 
but as a spirit moving on the face of the waters. Trust 
produces self-reliance. When youth has responsibility fas- 
tened on him he is apt to respond. We are not to try to get 
children over their childhood but give them the best spir- 
itual education and opportunities available. A robbed child- 
hood impoverishes adulthood. We are the result of our 
experiences. Huntington, Indiana. 



PAGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



KINZIES AT KRYPTON, KENTUCKY 



In the September issue the information was given that 
Brother and Sister Fred V. Kinzie had left Krypton. The 
statement passed to us was not Qorrect. They had gone 
for -i trip to Oregon to visit relatives, and to seek medical 
help for Mrs. Kinzie. They also made contacts in Califor- 
nia and Washington. They have been back on the field for 
several months, with Mrs. Kinzie steadily improving in 
strength and resuming her former duties. 

Part of Mr. Kinzie's letter follows: 

We made this entire journey by Greyhound — simply be- 
cause of considerable difference in fares (except Mrs. Kin- 
zie was obliged to come home by train due to her physical 
condition.) We went by way of Mammoth Cave, and Alva, 
Okla., where I have a brother living. Then to Los Angeles, 
and Long Beach, where we have a number of friends. Up 
the coast to San Francisco, thence to our former home in 
El Dorado County (Kelsey), visiting other friends. And 
a week with a sister at Chico. A Sunday's services in a 
Baptist Church at Klamath Falls (the pastor and people 
who have been staunch friends of us and the work.) Then 
to .the Coos Bay area, another pastor-friend. Thence, via 
Portland, to a daughter's home near Yakima, Wash. After 
an extended visit here, back to Oregon, to another daugh- 
ter's home at Dallas. Her 'husband is pastor of a large 
Mennonite congregation. Here the wife remained for her 
medi'-al attention. 

In the meantime at Krypton, Miss Kimble kept up the 
Sunday schools, prayer meeting, young people's meetings, 
as .veil as caring for the property, garden, etc. Soon after 
mv return we began the usual school visitation, which in- 
cludes the fourteen county schools we try to cover each 
year. We feel this is a golden opportunity tp give the Gos- 
pel to these young lives, many of whom have very little 
chance to get the truth of the Word and get it straight, 
so they can understand it. 



In October we had an evangelist from nearby Floyd 
County, a mountain-born man, in two weeks of meetings. 
This man had certainly been through the "mill" of drink, 
crime, shootings (his father shot dead at his side, and he 
himself carrying many wounds.) He was a thoroughly 
born-again new creature, and preached the Word with 
power. He and his wife were lovely folks to know. But for 
some reason the people here did not take too well to his 
manner of presentation, and the immediate results were 
very small. However, since, we see that the Word went 
deeper than appeared, and we believe a real work of grace 
was begun in the hearts of the believers. That is signifi- 
cant and worth while. 

There is much moving out and in, so that it is difficult 
to build up a strong constituency, but we have a small 
group of lovely, loyal folks who are growing in the Word. 
A good prayer meeting and Bible study on Wednesdays 
affords opportunity to dig deeply and carefully, as we 
take up the epistles bit by bit, examining just what the 
Lord is telling the church in her daily walk here and now. 
This is what is greatly needed here, as perhaps it is in 
other places. 

We are attempting nothing spectacular, but trying to 
obey the injunction to "Preach the Word," and be faithful 
till He comes. 

Thank you, Brother Riddle, for your letter of explana- 
tion, for we had wondered about the misunderstanding of 
which you speak. Regret the Board did not have oppor- 
tunity to make the proposed visit last Spring. Now under- 
stand that Brother Drushal may come for a look-in during 
this Christmas vacation. 

Our best wishes. 



As ever in Him, 



Fred V. Kinzie. 



Irrefutable Evidence that Europe Needs the Gospel! 

Czechoslovakia has 14,000,000 people but ONLY 7% are Protestant 

Rumania has 15,000,000 people but ONLY 7% are Protestant 

Poland has 25,000,000 people but ONLY 4% are Protestant 

Yugoslavia has 15,700,000 people but ONLY 2% are Protestant 

Russia has 183,000,000 people but ONLY 29r are Protestant 

Greece has 7,000,000 people but ONLY 2% are Protestant 

France has 42,000,000 people but ONLY 2% are Protestant 

Italy has 45,800,000 people, but ONLY 2% are Protestant 

Portugal has 7,200,000 people but ONLY 2% are Protestant 

Spain has 26,000,000 people but ONLY 1% are Protestant 

Bulgaria has 6,100,000 people but ONLY 1% are Protestant 

Belgium has 8,500,000 people but ONLY 1% are Protestant 

Southern Holland is 97% Roman Catholic 

Albania has only 50 Protestants out of 1,003,000 people. 

It is forbidden to read the .Bible in Spain. 

Russia allows no foreign missionary within its borders. 

Millions in Europe have never once in their lives seen a copy of a Bible. 

— Selected. 



JANUARY 21, 1950 



PAGE SEVEN 



Our Church Fellowship, 
Service and Leadership 



by J. G. Dodds 



The 1949 General Conference of Brethren Churches 
took a decided step forward in the launching of specific 
projects toward worthwhile progress in constructive 
building of an inspiring and spiritual program. Such a 
program should be the aim of every church worthy of 
the name, most certainly the BRETHREN CHURCH. The 
challenges of that Conference ought to compel us unto 
thoughtful consideration of the three items in the above 
topic, Is the Brethren Church declining"? Is she at a stand- 
still? Or, are we going forward in fulfillment of our Lord's 
commission? 

I. OUR CHURCH FELLOWSHIP. 

In Webster's Dictionary the three definitions of the word 
"Fellowship" worthy of consideration. 

1. "The condition of friendly relationship existing among 
fellows, comrades, or association." A friendly relationship 
is one that seeks to be helpful to fellow members of the 
group; to be in sympathy with them in their trials and sor- 
rows; to ignore their shortcomings; to speak kindly of 
them always; and to rejoice for any exaltation that shall 
come to them. In this relationship there is no jealousy, 
hatred or selfishness, but always a manifestation of love. 

2. "Community of interest, feeling and the like." This 
definition indicates a group of people banded together by 
common interests, feelings, desires and purposes. However 
we dare not take outward appearance as the final criterion 
by which to determine a true fellowship. Outwardly Judas 
was considered one of the disciples of the Lord. But when 
the test came he was proven to be altogether outside of 
that fellowship of common interests. 

3. "Spiritual communion; mutual relation between mem- 
bers or branches of the same church." This definition pre- 
sents to us our topic, "Our Church Fellowship." Mutual re- 
lation is having the same relation toward another as that 
person has toward one's self. Jesus expressed this Spiritual 
fellowship in the statement: "Whatsoever things ye would 
that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this 
is the law and the prophets." "A new commandment I give 
unto you, that ye love one another as I have loved you." 
Also the parable of the true vine, John 15:1-12. In verse 
10 we read, "If ye keep my commandments ye shall abide 
in my love." 

Our Church fellowship should indicate the spiritual fel- 
lowship taught and manifested by our Lord: love, kind- 
ness, sympathy, helpfulness, unselfishness, honor, loyalty, 
sacrifice, loving one another and forgiving one another. It 




should manifest obedience to His commands. And this 
brings us to the second part of our topic — 

OUR CHURCH SERVICE 

This service is world-wide. The Bible is the Word of 
God for the whole world. (Luke 24:47). The motto of the 
Brethren Church is "The Bible, the whole Bible and noth- 
ing but the Bible for the whole world." The Brethren 
Church has the responsibility of a distinctive service to 
the world that is unique. Our Church accepts the Word 
of God as He gave it to man, and we consider that Word 
authoritative. Opportunities for Home Mission expansion 
is to be found in every community; opportunity for For- 
eign Mission work is world wide. And that mission work 
need not be outside of our own spiritual fellowship. 
Our Church fellowship and our Church service depends 
largely upon — 

OUR CHURCH LEADERSHIP. 

A church leadership that is spiritual, a Brethren Church 
leadership that is imbued with and earnestly contending 
for the faith once for all delivered to the saints, is a 
leadership that will seek to promote the interests of the 
Brethren Church. Possibly we have been working at every- 
thing in general and nothing in particular. Somewhat like 
the man who went hunting. He started out trailing a bear, 
and shortly a fox crossed the trail, so he started on the 
fox track, but soon a rabbit crossed the trail of the fox 
and he tiirned to follow the rabbit; but before going far 
the track of a mouse crossed that of the rabbit, and he 
tracked the mouse to where it went in the ground. Thus 
he came home with nothing, because he went hunting for 
nothing in particular. So many times in our Church work 
we have started out after big things, but too often we 
have condescended to being side-tracked or diverted from 
our mission as a Church by some whim or some appeal 
from outside influences. 

We must not forget, Brethren, that we have some BIG 
things to aim at. Paul had big things to aim at, so have 
we. Paul's big opportunities were not bound by mice who 
crossed his path, neither are ours. 

I would call our CHURCH out to the first and greatest 
task commanded to them by the Founder of the Church, 
namely, EVANGELISM. The Gospel must be preached. 
The Church must preach it. Our Lord commanded that it 
be preached. It must be preached in all of its power and 
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PAGE EIGHT 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



JERUSALEM ~ GEOGRAPHY AHD HISTORY 



The city of Jerusalem is composed of two distinct parts 
—the Old City and the New City. The Old City, covering 
an area of about a square mile, is encompassed by a wall 
(built 1538-1541) about two and a half miles in circum- 
ference, with eight gates, one of which, the Golden Gate, 
is walled up. It is situated on. a rocky spur and is bounded 
on the east and south by two deep valleys, the Valley of 
Kidron and the Valley of Hinom. It covers most of the area 
of ancient 'historic Jerusalem. Its four quarters — Christian, 
Moslem, Armenian and Jewish — contain almost all the holy 
sites and religious shrines. The New City, only about 
ninety years old but already more than ten times the size 
of the walled city, extends along a broad bridge to the 
north and northwest of the Old City, and into the plains 
to the southwest and the north. 

Jerusalem lies high up on the plateau of the Mountains 
of Judea range 2,450 feet above sea level, some thirty-two 
miles from the Mediterranean and about eighteen miles 
from the Dead Sea over the desert of Judea. It is alter- 
nately swept by the cold moist winds of the Mediterran- 
ean and the parched siroccos of the desert. The average 
rainfall is only about twenty-seven inches and the ques- 
tion of water has plagued it from ancient times. The mean 
temperature for the summer (June-September) is 74 de- 
grees Fahrenheit; for the winter (December-March), 53.6 
degrees. The summers are sometimes long, dry and dusty; 
the short winters are cold and invigorating. The climate 
is temperate with long spells of brilliant sunshine even 
in the winter. 

In 1922, the League of Nations granted Great Britain 
a mandate over Palestine. Jerusalem was the seat of gov- 
ernment until the end of November, 1947, when the 
United Nations voted to partition the country. 

To the Christian, Jerusalem is a holy city because of 
the many shrines and sites associated with the life and 
death of Jesus Christ; to the Mohammedans, because the 
Harem es-Sharif area is associated with Mohammed's as- 
cension to heaven. To the Jew, Jerusalem is holy because 



it is at the same time a reality, a symbol of the glory 
which was the Jewish past, and a symbol of the aspiration 
for the Jewish future. All of Jerusalem is holy to the Jew 
because it was the city of the Temple. 
The New City was built up in three ways: 

1. Through cooperative efforts such as the Montefiore, 
Nachlat Shivah and Mea Shearim projects. 

2. Through religious and charitable objects organized 
by various communal groups based on European prove- 
nance, such as the Hungarian houses, the Warsaw houses, 
the Grodno houses, the Orenstein houses, and others. By 
1 934, the number of dwelling units in this class numbered 
over 2,000, and their value was estimated at over a mil- 
lion pounds. In 1936, it was estimated that about 13 per 
cent of the entire population of Jerusalem were living in 
such projects. 

3. Through private enterprise. The richer elements of 
the community built homes for themselves and to sell, as 
well as commercial buildings. 

By 1894, the majority of Jerusalem's 28,000 Jews lived 
outside the walled city; as a result of increased immigra- 
tion early in the century, two-thirds of the 50,000 Jewish 
population lived there at the outbreak of the first World 
War. During the war, the city suffered a serious setback 
and its population was cut almost in half. However, it be- 
gan to grow again after the hostilities ended and the Bal- 
four Declaration was issued. New quarters and new build- 
ings were constantly added. In the middle 1920's a num- 
ber of beautiful modernistic Jewish suburbs sprang up 
in all directions. 

The preponderance of Jews in the New City is indi- 
cated by the following figures: in 1922, they numbered 
28,000 out of a total population of 40,000 (about 70 per 
cent); in 1931, there were 46,000 Jews out of a total of 
65,000 (still about 70 per cent); in 1936, 74,000 out of 
100,000 (74 per cent); in 1948, the New City was about 
95 per cent Jewish — Selected — Palestine Affairs. 




'#*#* ***%*. 



GOTH ANNIVERSARY 
PITTSBURGH BRETHREN CHURCH 

Mr. Malcolm Hobbs, chairman of program 
committee for the Sixtieth Anniversary cele- 
bration of the Pittsburgh Church, requests this 
notice which we gladly make. 

The dates are January 22nd and 23rd. Sun- 
day, the 22nd, special services with Dr. Claud 
Studebaker of South .Bend, as the speaker. He 
was pastor of this church from 1929 to 1938. 
There will be dinner at noon, dedication of 
new Hymnals, followed with a period of fel- 
lowship. 

Monday, at 6:00 P. M. there will be an an- 
niversary dinner for members, former mem- 
bers and friends. Reservations must be sent in 
for this dinner. A special program will follow. 

Congratulations — Pittsburgh ! 



JANUARY 21, 1950 



PAGE NINE 



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</i Study 0$ %eji&<t*a<i6) 



by Clarence Fairbanks 



George Adam Smith calls the book of Zephaniah the 
gloomiest and the hottest book of the Bible. Perhaps it is, 
but there was plenty of reason for taking a pessimistic 
view of things to come. Zephaniah was about twenty-one 
years of age when he wrote his prophecy around 625 B. C. 
just before the reforms of King Josiah. His message con- 
sists of three points which we shall observe briefly as 
follows: 

I. The Universal Judgment Of Sin. 

The book opens with Zephaniah predicting that God will 
consume or sweep all things from the face of the earth. 
The birds of the air are to be swept away, the fish of the 
sea are to be consumed, and man will be destroyed in the 
path of God's fierce anger and judgment. 

A. Three sins are observed in Judah which must be put 
down. 

1. The first of these sins is idolatry. 1:4-6. 

The worship of Baal was to be completely overthrown 
and the idolatrous priests — the Chemarims — that had been 
imported were to be destroyed along with the priest of 
Israel who had corrupted the Jewish religion. The Jews 
were also guilty of worshipping the celestial bodies. "Them 
that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops." The 
Syrians, we are told, erected altars and places of medi- 
tation and prayer to the sun, moon, and stars upon the 
tops of their houses. So Judah in following this heathen 
practice was guilty of worshipping the creation rather than 
the creator. There was a third deity that the Jews had 
imported, Malcham or Moloch the Ammorite god. Such 
idolatry had been permitted and encouraged by Ahaz and 
Manasseh. It was time for judgment to begin and it had 
to begin in the house of the Lord. 

2. A second sin which was permitted by the kings was 
the oppression of the poor. 1 :8-ll. The rich princes were 
allowed to become richer w 7 hile they took away the meager 
living of the poor. God will not permit men to "leap on 
the threshold," and "fill their master's house with violence 
and deceit." The judgment may be slow in coming but it 
will come and the guilty will have to pay the consequences. 

3. Then there is the sin of indifference which Zephan- 
iah predicts will be punished. "I will search Jerusalem 
with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their 
lees . . . that say God will not do good, neither willl he 
do evil." 1:12. A wine maker who did not drain off the 




wine after the lees had settled to the bottom became a 
perfect picture to Zephaniah of people who are satisfied 
with what they are. Men who believe that the status quo 
should be preserved at all costs. 

George Adam Smith says in commenting on this verse, 
"God's causes are never destroyed by being blown up, but 
by being sat upon. It is not the violent and anarchical 
whom we have to fear but the slow, the staid, the respect- 
able." Halford E. Luccock writes, "Our greatest danger 
lies not in any mood of the times, however antagonistic. 
It is rather that we shall mumble Christ's Word. The 
words of Hamlet to the players might well be set on the 
lips of Christ for all his ministers and disciples to hear; 
'Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounce it to you, 
trippingly on the tongue: but if you mouth it, as many 
of your players do, I had as lief the town crier spoke my 
lines.' 

"If you mouth it . . . !" 

This indifferent attitude must be judged and destroyed 
if the program of God is to make progress in our world. 

II. The Call For Universal Repentance. 

"Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth." 2:3. 

Zephaniah now turns to all the nations of the earth 
and exhorts them to repent for, "It may be ye shall be 
hid in the day of the Lord's anger." The cities of the 
Philistines are to be completely destroyed, Moab and Am- 
nion are to be like Sodom and Gomorrah, and Ethiopia will 
be slain by the sword unless they repent and turn to God. 
Then turning back to his own people, Zephaniah exhorts 
them to repent for if God will not spare the people who 
live in darkness without the revelation of God, how much 
more will he judge and punish the people to whom he has 
revealed his will? 

III. The Promise of Universal Praise. 

After the judgment of God has passed and men have 
seen that God is righteous and just, men from every nation 
will turn to Him. "Then will I turn to the people a pure 
language that they may all call upon the name of the 
Lord, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the 
rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of 
my dispersed, shall bring mine offering." 3:9-10. 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Hunter s Report 

Wheeler Building 



You have had several appeals through these columns 
for help in the Wheeler Home rebuilding program, and 
you have responded graciously and generously, but few 
drives like these are seldom over subscribed. And I guess 
this one was no exception. If you could appreciate the 
full force of missionary endeavor you would find it much 
easier to give than to go. And the second call for help 
would never need to be made if this were true. 

You have been shown a few pictures, some folks visited 
Lost Creek during its construction to see at first hand, 
many have asked questions, but as far as I know you have 
not learned the more detaiLed information about "Your 
Newest Building." It is 30 ft. x 70 ft (Old Wheeler Home 
was 28 ft. x 40 ft.), with basement and two stories. The 
basement and first floor walls are 8 x 12 x 16 cement 
block construction and top story is 8 x 8 x 16 blocks, us- 
ing bull nosed blocks for corners and double bull nosed 
blocks for windows, making for neat appearance. Win- 
dows are all steel casement sash and are plastered through- 
out. F,ew are the buildings in this valley finished in this 
detail. The building has hard wood floors throughout. 

The basement floor has a recreation room 28 ft. x 37 ft., 
work shop 14 ft. x 30f ft., furnace and coal room 14 ft. 
x 30 ft. 

The first floor has a spacious reception room, seven bed- 
rooms and the matron's apartment of three rooms and 
bath, and isolation ward. 

The second floor has twelve bedrooms and each floor has 
toilet facilities of one shower, three stools and three lav- 
atories. Each room is supplied with heat by forced cir- 
culation hot water plant. 

The basement has a cement porch floor seven feet wide 
and the length of the building and half way across the 
end, while the first floor has a porch from middle of the 
reception room to the middle of one side. 



Rooms range in size from 9 ft. x 12 ft. to 12 ft. x 12ft., 
with clothes closets in each room. Many times we have 
been asked, do they have electricity down there ? Yes, each 
room has a ceiling light and a wall outlet. Many places 
electric lines run back in the hills and valleys where it's 
more convenient to go by mule-back than by car, and 
where a car cannot go, for that matter. 

The building is completed, except for a few finishing 
touches. The furnace is being completed and we trust as 
you are reading these reports the boys will be enjoying 
their new home. 

The word complete has various stages where we can 
stop. Si me put up four walls and a roof, move in and say 
they are finsihed. Complete? Others live in a house twenty 
years or more and always changing or remodeling. Com- 
plete? Well, what I want to say, it's livable and still needs 
much that some church, class, society, or individual could 
do, such as: 

32 windows 3 ft. x 4 ft., 4 in., needs curtains or drapes 

2 windows 5 ft. x 4 ft. 4 in. needs curtains or drapes 

1 window 6 ft. x 4 ft. 4 in. needs curtains or drapes 

Small refrigerator for matron's apartment — 5 cu. ft. 

Small apartment size electric stove for matron's apt. 

Small study stand for each bedroom. 

A chair or two for each room. 

Couple navenports for reception room and matron's apt. 

Who will be the first to write the Secretary E. M. Riddle, 
and assume one of these projects? 

The folks of the Lost Creek community are proud of 
this new piece of equipment you have made possible, and 
you can thank the Lord you had the privilege to help in 
its construction. A better view can be had, and clearer 
understanding of the field and its needs, by your personal 
appearance on the grounds. May you enjoy that privilege. 
Matt. 28:19. North Manchester, Indiana. 



(Continued from Page 7) 
fullness to win men to Christ. Unless the BRETHREN 
CHURCH is a soul-winning CHURCH, I know and you 
know that there is no future for that Church. Her days 
are numbered, I should like to see a real revival of evan- 
gelism within every Brethren congergation in the Broth- 
erhood. The need is great. The time is short. Most of us 
need this very thing in our own individual lives for we 
are guilty of neglect and carelessness in things spiritual. 
It will take more than just a two weeks series of meet- 
ings to correct this fault. The need is within the Church. 
Lost souls are not going to be saved until our LEADERS 
and our congregations of believers show a better quality 
of loyalty and interest. 

Yours and mine, is a task of remaining loyal and true 
to Christ and that which is committed to us as THE 
BRETHREN CHURCH. To be "LOYAL BRETHREN" 
means more than mere words. Words alone will never 
supply the support needed by our institutions; will not 
take the place of subscriptions to our own BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST; will not maintain a growing Brethren 
Missionary work; neither will mere words keep the local 
congregation alive and aggressive. We need a CHURCH 



LEADERSHIP that is LOYAL, AGGRESSIVE, ALIVE and 
thoroughly CHRISTIAN. Our prayer is that God's bless- 
ing may rest upon the Brethren Church, and that we may 
go forth with a keener sense of our tasks, our responsi- 
bilities, and our opportunities. 

Akron, Ohio. 



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(Continued from page 9) 
Perhaps, as we read the book of Zephaniah, we feel that 
the message was for a people long forgotten. We in Amer- 
ica like to feel that we are God's chosen people. Our nation 
is a Christian nation to a greater extent than any other 
nation. Yet, is it not true that we are guilty of idolatry? 
Do we not put more trust in material things than we do 
in the things of God? We have done much to raise the 
standard of living for the common man, but the spirit of 
selfishness and greed is still very much alive. We boast 
of having 52% of our population as members of some 
church, but the problem of indifference is still very much 
with us. God certainly is calling us to repentance. 

— Washington, D. C. 



JANUARY 21, 1950 



PAGE ELEVEN 



Trained Nurses In Argentina 

By Dr. C. F. Yoder 



Trained nurses are needed in Argentina, especially mis- 
sionary nurses. It is true that there are good doctors and 
many of them, because the well-to-do parents wish their 
sons to follow a white-collar profession rather than to 
do manual labor. But the doctors like to live in the cities 
rather than in the small towns and to work in hospitals 
and clinics or sanatoriums. Some of them, to have more 
work, do part of the work which a trained nurse could 
do, but even so there are not enough trained nurses to 
fill the need. In the government institutions the Catholic 
nurses have a monopoly, but not in others. One doctor in 
Cordoba, whose fame extends beyond Argentina, owns 
three large buildings — a consultorio, a clinic and a sana- 
torio and is planning to add one or more hospitals. He is 
a Christian and also preaches, and he uses all the good 
trained evangelical nurses he can get. 

A trained nurse not only derives joy from the physical 
good she can bring to the patient, but even more so from 
the spiritual uplift that she can give. Some doctors, not 
Christians, depend a great deal upon the psychological 
methods of curing the sick. That is all right as far as it 
goes, and sometimes it goes pretty far. I knew a doctor 
who cured a patient of inflammatory rheumatism. I like 
to keep up with new discoveries, so I asked him how he 
did it. "Bread pills and confidence," was his reply. As the 
girl was a Christian girl, perhaps her confidence was more 
in God than in the doctor. At any rate the cases of heal- 
ing through faith, and especially when accompanied by 
the rite of anointing with oil for healing, are entirely too 
many to be accounted for by psychology alone. 

Missionary nurses with tact could have plenty of work 
in the homes of leading families who would pay them 



well, and could make friends for the gospel, and in many 
cases, converts also. I am confident that it would not be 
difficult for them to be self-supporting. They would also 
be counted as the upper class socially and would have a 
larger influence than an ordinary Bible missionary. In new 
places it takes the most of us about two years to win out 
against the slanders of the priests and their agents and 
enjoy the respect of at least a good part of the people, 
but a trained nurse would be welcomed at once. 

Besides, the gifts needed by a successful trained nurse 
are God's gifts and He should be consulted as to where 
and how to use them. Only as they are used for him will 
they bring his blessing upon them. Dr. Albert Sweitzer is 
being deservedly honored for the great work he has done 
as a medical missionary in Africa, but he also would have 
won honor in Argentina. Here in Cordoba a large hospi- 
tal is named "Rawson Hospital" after a North American 
physician who did outstanding work here. When we see 
the modern inventions in use around us it is hard to re- 
alize that we are in a land in need of missionaries, but 
when we converse with the people we soon see how very 
few have any saving knowledge of the Gospel. The diffi- 
cult question is how to reach them and make them feel 
their need. Uneducated workers find it difficult to deal 
with educated people on account of class feeling, but a 
doctor or trained nurse has the advantage of class equal- 
ity. I trust that this appeal may reach some whom God 
may use in this great and growing country, where, al- 
though the sacrifice is not so great, the need of the tes- 
timony of Christian workers who can live by their pro- 
fession is certainly very great. 

— Argentina. 



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NEEDED IN AFRICA 

In response to a letter from the W. M. S. of Bethlehem, 
Va., a letter from Miss Veda Liskey follows, which has 
been forwarded to us by Mrs. Logan, Secretary of South- 
eastern District. Miss Liskey writes: 

We are greatly in need of bandages and squares here 
in the hospital and dispensary. I thought that if you could 
not actually prepare these for us that you could be influ- 
ential in getting some S. M. M. groups to help toward this. 
And this is what you can do: 

1. Prepare bandages either 2 yards or 3 yards, or both, 
in length and the width either 2 or 2% inches. 

2. Prepare squares 2% inches or 3 inches, or both, from 
any cloth — print or light colored, to use on ulcers (as 
a dressing). 

3. Declare at the postoffice "for Hospital use," and do 
not enclose anything but bandages or squares in the 
boxes. Inquire at the postoffice about weight of boxes. 
Mail directly to: 

Miss Veda Liskey 
Garkida, via Jos 
Nigeria, Br. 

The editor feels that other groups will want to share 
in this fine service, 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



HEWS 



From the Christian World 



The Christian Herald in January issue gives recognition 
to a college in Mississippi. We quote: "We pause to bow 
in the direction of the trustees of Jefferson Military Col- 
lege, in Mississippi. Have you heard ? 

They were offered land and oil wells worth 50 million 
dollars by a millionaire oilman with more booty than 
brains; he would hand over the money if they would prom- 
ise to teach white racial supremacy at Jefferson, and ad- 
mit only white Christian youth to their halls of learning. 
Jefferson needed the money badly; it has been running in 
the red for some time. But they preferred debt to honor. 
We salute the worthy sons of Jefferson at Jefferson, Mis- 
sissippi." 

News of Argentina's Protestantism. The Protestant Mis- 
sion Schools and Seminaries in Argentina are ending a 
most prosperous year. Commencements are the order of 
the day. The Union Theological Seminary in Buenos 
Aires has had the largest enrollment of its history. The- 
ater meetings, special lectures in religion and regular 
church services have drawn larger crowds than ever be- 
fore. However, no Protestant radio programs are per- 
mitted on the air. The uncertainty under which Argen- 
tina's Protestants live and the atmosphere of repression 
in which pastors and people work are developing a tougher 
and more victorious faith. — Christian Century. 

Children of displaced persons in India are to be given 
a basic education. The program includes education in all 
stages of life through manual work, including handicrafts. 
The child will earn as he learns and thus be self-support- 
ing. The ultimate aim is to evolve a democratic, co-opera- 
tive community based on the "production of the necessi- 
ties of life and a healthy balanced culture." 

Fifty blind displaced persons from camps in Western 
Germany are being admitted into Norway to be trained 
for useful work. The International Refuge Organization 
has given money to build a workshop. An equal number 
of relatives will accompany these blind refugees. Norway 
has already accepted several hundred DP's. 

Dr. A. G. Moron was recently installed as the first Ne- 
gro president of Hampton Institute in Virginia. The thir- 
ty-nine-year-old educator is an alumnus of the institute, 
which usually has at least eight white students on an 
exchange basis and whose faculty is drawn from members 
of both races. 

School children all over Prance donated one franc each 
last summer to provide an international war orphans' hol- 
iday camp in the southwestern part of the country. The 
effort brought together fifty children from sixteen coun- 
tries. So successful was the venture that plans are being 
worked out for a larger camp next year. 




Todlay we are spending in this country $2,500,000,000 for 

elementary and high school education — less than twenty 
dollars per capita. Yet we spent four billion for tobacco, 
fourteen billion for military expenditures, and nine billion 
for liquor. We spend nearly four times as much for liquor 
alone as we are spending for all public elementary and 
high school education. 

Million an Hour Spent on Alcohol, W. C. T. U charges. 
A temperance leader asserted today that Americans are 
spending $1,004,566 an hour for alcoholic drinks. 

Violet T. Black of Evanston, 111., told the W. C. T. U. 
at its 75th anniversary convention she arrived at this es- 
timate "by dividing the number of hours per year (8,760) 
into the $8,800,000,000 reported by the Commerce Depart- 
ment to have been spent by consumers in this country last 
year for alcoholic beverages." Miss Black is treasurer of 
the W. C. T. U. 

A great leper colony is supported by the Church of the 
.Brethren at Garkida in Nigeria. There are 1,435 patients, 
and only Dr. Howard Bosler and two nurses for their 
daily care and treatment. No wonder he is calling for 
help in evangelistic work. "There are more than seven 
hundred who are interested in Christianity, and they must 
have more thorough training in the Scriptures. Mrs. Bos- 
ler has more than three hundred children in the element- 
ary school." 

The colony raises much of its food. Thus it grew peanuts 
amounting to eleven tons when shelled. "Oil was made 
from the nuts amounting to three hundred gallons and 
the residue was used to make fried sticks, high in protein. 
In addition there were two tons of lye for soapmak-j 
ing. The sewing machines are much appreciated, being 
loaned to patients who make things for sale. With the 
money saved, patients are able to buy their own ma- 
chines. Patients are also learning to do leather work and 
sihaemaking." 

Leper colonies the world over are asking equipment for 
industrial work as well as for hospital. "The Camerouns 
ask for $14,439 to buy a brick machine, a saw mill, two 
Diesels, and a truck which are needed to help build up 
this entire area"; and similar cries come from elsewhere. 
Expense of this type is a mere bagatelle compared with 
the ten millions which the denominational boards are 
planning to put into a university for Japan. 

Here is a further note regarding the industrial side of 
missions. From Kenya Colony, Mr. Donner writes: "Never 
before have our people received as much as they realized 
this year on their bumper crop of cotton. Our Christians 
have tithed faithfully, not only in money but in crops as 
well, and a number have tithed their cattle, too." — S. S. 
Times. 



JANUARY 21, 1950 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



A LIGHT FROM THE PAST 



Ancient Scroll of Isaiah Discovered 

Further proof of the authenticity of the Bible as the 
Word of God is continually coming to light, as archeolo- 
gists work ceaselessly to sift and dig through the earth 
to uncover remnants of our ancient past. In the last few 
months an accidental discovery in Palestine has brought 
before the delighted eyes of Bible scholars, eleven cen- 
turies old-scrolls whose authenticity as to age and content 
is unquestionable. 

THE AMAZING FIND 

Tribes of native Bedouins for the past two thousand 
years had threaded their way through a certain wadi in 
1-alestine near the northwest end of the D.ead Sea, between 
steep, rugged stone cliffs. This small group was little dif- 
ferent from the others, save that their leader was more 
alert, scanning the walls for coves, perhaps to find bird 
eggs to sell in the market. 

Sitting cross-legged on his swaying camel, his eyes 
darted from one wall to the other and finally centered on 
an unfamiliar small opening high upon one side of the 
steep wadi. 

"Shuf! Shu hada?" Look, what is this? He said to his 
amazed companions. There was a hurried discussion and 
two youths scrambled nimbly up the cliff and disappeared 
into the aperture. The others, older and not so sure-footed, 
followed more slowly. 

The interior was dark and sand and dust on the floor 
soft and cool to the feet. Torches were lit and showed this 
to be a cave whose walls had partially collapsed, narrow- 
ing the entrance to a small opening. In falling the rocks 
had broken several earthen jars in which pitch-covered 
scrolls were concealed, wrapped in yards of cloth and cov- 
ered with hard pitch. 

Hoping to find a rich treasure, the poor Bedouins ex- 
citedly tore the outer wrappings from the round rolls, but 
were disappointed in finding only scrolls of leather and 
parchment bearing columns of Hebrew characters. What a 
privilege was theirs! These Bedouin tribesmen actually 
•held in their 'hands one of the greatest archeological treas- 
ures ever discovered — a cache of ancient scrolls, one of 
which is the oldest copy of the Book of Isaiah in history. 

Thinking they might be of some value the tribesmen 
took them to Bethlehem seeking a buyer with ready bak- 
sheesh! There they were told by Syrian townsmen that 
the writings looked like Syrian and were advised to sell 
them to the Syrian priests in Jerusalem. The Superior of 
St. Mark's Orthodox Convent in Jerusalem, bought five, 
still unsure of their age and value. 

Dr. Eleazar Sukenik, Director of the Museum of Jew- 
ish Antiquities of the Hebrew University, Dr. Millar Bur- 
rows of Yale University, and two Fellows of the American 
School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem also examined 
the scrolls. They all agreed that they were inscribed no 
later than the first century before Christ. This being 1,000 
years earlier than any other Biblical text yet discovered. 
Dr. Sukenik purchased the remaining six scrolls for the 
University. 



SACRED WRITING FROM THE PAST 
After repair the Isaiah scroll proved to be complete, 
except for minor breaks. It is 23% feet long, 10% inches 
broad and contains 54 columns of beautifully preserved 
Hebrew writing. Seventeen sheets of carefully prepared 
parchment were sewn together to make the scroll. Most 
amazing is the fact that this newly found copy is different 
in only the most minor details from the Book of Isaiah 
in our latest Bibles. 

One of the copyists neglected to include the healing of 
Hezekiah by a fig poultice while writing on the parch- 
ment, but it was inserted in between the lines and down 
the margin: 

"For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and 
lay it for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover." 
The abundant evidence of much wear in ancient times 
suggests that many devout Jews belonging to this partic- 
ular sect which owned the scrolls, pored over their sacred 
columns time and again. 

Other portions of their library proved to contain a small 
leather scroll discovered to be a commentary on the Book 
of Habakkuk. A third manuscript is on a coarser parch- 
ment, almost as wide as the Isaiah scroll, but containing 
only eleven columns. This is a "sectarian document" which 
reads like a book of discipline. This apparently formed the 
basis of rules and regulations for the brotherhood, which 
lived in the Wilderness of Judea near the Dead Sea at 
least a hundred years before Christ. 

One of the scrolls describes a war, just as today, be- 
tween the Jews and the "sons of Ammon" on the same soil 
two thousand years ago. "Songs of Thanksgiving" were 
inscribed on the scrolls to be recited by survivers of the 
battles. One said: 

"They shot arrows ceaselessly and flashed lances 
like a consuming fire and their roaring was like the 
roaring of mighty waters. But when my heart melted 
like water, Thou didst strengthen my soul in Thy 
covenant. The snare they spread for me caught their 
foot; the traps they hid for me they themselves fell 
into, whereas my foot standeth on level ground. Be 
fore multitudes, I shall bless Thy Name." 
Because of their antiquity and fragile nature it will be 
years before the entire set is translated and thoroughly 
studied. They will also be invaluable to scholars desiring 
to know more about the Hebrew language. 

This is the first cache of Biblical writings to be found 
on Palestine soil and archeologists are ned now to believe 
there may be other such writings carefully preserved in 
accordince with an old Hebrew custom. Old and outworn 
sacred scrolls, instead of being thrown away or destroyed 
by ancient peers, were carefully wrapped and deposited 
in a secure place where they would be safe from desecra- 
tion. Usually these locations would be in secret cells in 
the temples. 

When a permanent peace is once more established in 
the Holy land, expeditions will search every wall and cliff 
in the wadis surrounding the Dead Sea. Subsequent find- 
ings of ancient transcripts of the Holy Scriptures may 
trace our Holy Bible back to its earliest writing. — Pales- 
tine Pictorial News. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 




copyrighted by the International Soci 
Used by permission.' 



Topic for Feb. 5, 195G 

YOUTH build: 
(Christian Endeavor Day) 

Scripture: I Cor. 3:9-13; Romans 1:16; 14:17, 18 

For The Leader 

WE HAVE COME AGAIN to the anniversary of the 
founding of the Christian Endeavor Movement. It 
is now 69 years since Dr. Francis E. Clark and his good 
wife brought a small group of his young people together 
in his New England Church, for a young people's meeting. 
His purpose was to train youth, and to give them a ser- 
vice of their own in which they could take part and con- 
duct. Through the years this organization has grown to 
world-wide proportions. Many great leaders have devoted 
time and energy to its work. Many young people have re- 
ceived that first boost of encouragement in Christian ser- 
vice in their local C. E. Society. Christain Endeavor is in 
a sense, a perpetual Organization, in which each succeed- 
ing generation of youth must find its place. In turn, sup- 
porting the C. E., our youth will automatically find them- 
selves becoming well trained for future service in our 
churches. 

DISCUSSION 

1. ARE WE STILL EFFECTIVE? The great percent- 
age of present day church leaders, teachers and mission- 
aries must admit to having received some of their first 
lessons in C. E. meetings. Some will not admit it, others 
will not give credit where credit is due, but we are thank- 
ful that most leaders boast of the help C. E. was to them. 
But when we observe the pitifully poor support given by 
these same adults to the present day C. E. program, we 
shudder. Even pastors neglect their young people in C. E. 
But far greater is the neglect of parents in attaching im- 
portance to the C. E. meeting for their youth. So, we won- 
der if we are still as effective! And if not, what about the 
next generation of church leaders ? Bear in mind, too, that 
the Christian church went into a period of greatest evan- 
gelism shortly after the C. E. movement began to throw 
its weight around. 

2. WE ARE STILL AS EFFECTIVE. That is, as effec- 
tive as we young people want C. E. to be. Christian En- 
deavor began to do something that no other protestant 
organization was able to do, or wanted to do. It over- 
reached denominatoinal barriers, and was making of the 
youth of all churches a great united army of Christians. 
But then came the break-up of denominational youth 
group into facsimiles, trying to do the work of C. E. 
under their own particular youth name. They departed 
from the fellowship of the International C. E. and county 
unions, etc. Today, you run into difficulty in having even a 
county rally of C. E. because many church groups, while 
perhaps are doing the same work as C. E., do not call 
themselves by that name, and thus do not feel a part of 
C. E. Denominations in doing this are literally biting the 



hand that gave them the youth group idea. It is some- 
thing to be proud of that the Brethren Church adheres to 
the name Christian Endeavor for its Sunday evening meet- 
ings of young people. 

3. BUT WE MUST KEEP BUILDING. We doubt if 
there are few, if any, C. E. Societies in the Brethren 
Church, but what are having terrific struggles existing. 
In spite of our weekly topics in the Brethren Evangelist, 
and the monthly program materials in the C. E. Booklet, 
there are many rough moments in our Societies. There 
are reasons for that. First, is the growing tendency today 
that young people insist on a three ring circus before they'll 
even consent to come to a meeting. Second, anything de- 
votional or spiritual is s,o foreign to the other 160 odd 
hours each week, that it fails to make a dent on our lives. 
(Ever notice how HARD it is to sit through a scripture 
lesson, or prayer or a topic in C. E. ? We just can't see 
any point in giving time to Bible reading, etc., say a lot 
of youth today). So, even a well-prepared devotional meet- 
ing has trouble being heard in our hearts because of the 
noise created by the trash in our lives. Next, parents do 
not insist on their children going to C. E. We are reap- 
ing the harvest today of the new theory of rearing chil- 
dren; that is, to not inhibit the child, but to let him choose 
what he thinks is best. Fourth, the cursed movies (attended 
by many of the smarter set of preachers and church lead- 
ers) are moulding the thought and character of our youth 
away from spiritual things. We don't have to attend the 
movies to know what they are showing to our boys and 
girls. Conversation, opinions, attitudes, and general disin- 
terest in our C. E. meetings tell us what the movies are 
doing to our youth. 

4. YOUTH BUILDS FOR CHARACTER. Read carefully 
the scriptures tonight, and you will discover the promise 
of lasting rewards for faithfulness to the things of God. 
But then, go out and see a movie, and you'll never remem- 
ber what you read in the Bible. One church we heard about 
has a group of young people that regularly attend the 
local movies three nights a week. They look good on Sun- 
day evenings as they file in and out of the C. E. room 
about a dozen of them. "Wonderful," the adults say, "to 
see such a fine group of our future church leaders." Do 
you want to know the truth about the character they're 
building? Three nights a week in the movies — 54c each. 
Total offering in C. E. will average about 26c a night — 
for the whole dozen of them. Parents — keep your youth 
out of the soul-slaughtering movie houses, and maybe we 
can get somewhere with them on Sunday evenings in 
C. E. We are sure most of the Brethren preachers will 
back us up in this prayer. 

5. DIFFERENT PATTERNS OF LIFE. Youth must 
build on Christian patterns, if Christain lives are to re- 
sult. Youth must seek in God the plan for life. The pat- 
tern of living for the Christian is an eternal pattern, be- 
gun here on earth, continuing through to the perfect life 
in heaven. Begun here by faith and acceptance of Jesus 
Christ as personal Lord and Saviour, it carries through 
the years, few or many, till we enter into the greater life 
in God's holy presence. Not so, the life a non-Christian 
builds. He lives for self, in selfish pleasures. He lives for 
all he can get out of life. Then because he failed to reck- 
on with God, finds himself lost for all eternity. How are 
you building today? 



JANUARY 21, 1950 



PAGE FIFTEEN 



Vrayer Yfleeting 
Studies 

jBy (?. T.. Cfilmer 




GOD'S DWELLING PLACE 

Once I thought God had His dwelling place 

Within a hushed, high vaulted temple where 

Soft music mingled with the solemn air, 

While down into my lifted childish face, 

Smiled the Good Shepherd from His window space. 

Holding His little lamb with tender care, 

He blessed the people when they bowed in prayer, 

And shed around a gentle, glowing grace. 

But now I know He lives wherever love 

And truth and sacrifice build high and strong 

Their altars white. All honorabLe art 

His power pulses through; and far above 

The terror and the tumult of life's throng, 

His voice speaks within the human heart. 

— Ruth Inscho. 

WHERE DOES GOD LIVE? 
Scripture: Isaiah 57:15 
Song: "Into My Heart" 
Prayers 
Seed Thought Provokers: 

ONE CANNOT ACCOUNT for the universe without 
acknowledging there is a Supreme Being. But men 
cannot know God by relying on their own resources. No 
man can come to God except God draw him (John 6:44). 
Man is not looking for God. When Adam and Eve sinned 
they hid from God. Man still hides behind the leaves of 
self-righteousness. Man by searching cannot find God 
(Job 11:7). He cannot find God in nature. God has to be 
revealed to one by the Bible with the Holy Spirit as his 
teacher. "The heavens declare ..." but there are things 
about God which nature cannot tell. God speaks to man 
through His Word. 

He who inhabits eternity wants to dwell in us (Rev. 
3:20). He wants to make our bodies His temple (1 Cor. 
5:19). He rejects the proud (James 4:6). His abode is with 
the humble (Psa. 51:17; Isa. 66:1, 2). 

God is holy, and He could not save a man without a 
just and holy basis (1 Cor. 1:30). God cannot save men 
who reject His Son (Heb. 10:28-30). Jesus died so that 
God could be merciful to sinners (Isa. 53:4, 5). 

lEternity is God's dwelling place (Psa. 90:2; 93:2). Time 
began with creation, and time will end (Rev. 10:6). God 
spoke creation into being to get a people for Himself to 
live with Him eternally. His church is composed of the 
"called out" ones (2 Cor. 6:16-18). The love that was so 
great as to give us our being was not to be outdone by the 
ravages of sin. Divine love provided redemption even be- 
fore creation according to plan. Jesus came in fulfillment 
of that plan (Eph. 1:4, 10, 11). 



■1 Studying the ftible Cesscit \ 

Gomments on the Lesson by the Editor 

Lesson for February 5, 1950 

THE FIRST GENTILE CHURCH 

Lesson: Acts 11:19-26; 13:1-3 

IT IS WITH WONDER that we read "and the disciples 
I were called Christians first at Antioch." Had not the 
followers of Christ always been Christians? Had they 
not always been worthy of that name? A common dic- 
tionary definition of the term would seem to indicate that 
they were, for the word is defined as "professing or fol- 
lowing the religion of Christ; manifesting the spirit of 
Christ or His teachings." Therefore, since these followers 
of Christ were manifesting His spirit and following His 
teachings, which He had commanded them to do, they 
were at all times, in reality, Christians. But they were 
not known by that designation until, either in derision or 
in the knowledge of its true meaning, the people of An- 
tioch called them "Christians." 

At the scattering of the "followers of the Way" after 
the stoning of Stephen, we find them going in every di- 
rection. A goodly number settled in Antioch and a church 
of no mean proportion was established. The Word says 
that these were "men of Cyprus and Cyrene," who preached 
Christ to the Grecians there, with the result that "the 
hand of the Lord was with them and a great number be- 
lieved and turned to the Lord." 

There was a reason for this, for these early disciples 
had learned to preach "the Word" and how to preach it — 
they spoke the Word and lived it. The church was doing 
some tiling, and "it was heard in Jerusalem" and it brought 
investigation, with Barnabas as the investigator. He at 
last needed help and he remembered Saul of Tarsus and 
went for him. Result? Saul became the "chosen vessel" 
in action. Acts 9:15 tells us that he was to "bear Christ's 
name before the Gentiles." 

This Gentile Church prayed! They fasted! They waited 
for God's will to be shown! It was, and Saul and Barna- 
bas were chosen to represent this church as missionaries. 
They had the vision — they caught the spirit of the Lord 
They acted promptly — they sent out the missionaries. 
Where, they did not know — they waited on the Lord to 
show them. 

O, for more churches today like the "First Gentile 
Church!"' What might be accomplished with a spirit like 
theirs! 



Church members in too many cases are like deep sea 
divers, encased in the suits designed for many fathoms 
deep, marching bravely to pull out plugs in bath tubs. — 
Peter Marshall, in "Mr. Jones, Meet the Master" (Revell). 



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Little Places 

"Master, where shall I work today?" 
(My love flowed warm and free.) 

He pointed out a, tiny plot. 

And, said,: "Tend, that, for me." 

I answered, quickly: "Oh no, not, there, 

Not anyone would, see. 
No matter how well my task was done — 

Not that: little place for me." 

His voice, when He spoke, it was not stern, 

He answered, me tenderly: 
"Little one, search that heart of thine; 

Are you working for them or Me? 
Nazareth wa.s a little place. 

And, so is Galilee." 

— Author Unknown. 



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Items of general Interest 



Flora, Indiana. We note from the Flora bulletin that 
the average Sunday School attendance for the last quarter 
of 1949 was 147, and the average worship attendance was 
85. Brother J. E. Berkshire says that the past few weeks 
have showed a fine attendance increase in the worship ser- 
vices. 

Smithville, Ohio. We note that while Brother Vernon 
Grisso is away holding an evangelistic meeting at Elk- 
hart, Indiana, that the service of January 29th will be in 
charge of the Brethren Youth, with Brother Charles Mun- 
son, National Youth Director, as the guest speaker. 

The Spring Communion date of the Smithville church 
has been set as of Sunday, March 26th. Holy Week ser- 
vices will be conducted from April 2 to 7. 

Pittsburgh, Penna. The Pittsburgh church will celebrate 
"Youth Week" beginning January 29th and closing Feb- 
ruary 5th. Young people will have charge of the services 
on February 5th, also teaching in the Sunday School on 
that Sunday. There is a possibility that one of the young 
people will be asked to bring the morning message. A fun 
night will be held at the church on February 3rd. The pro- 
ceeds of thi? evening, a 10c entrance fee, will go to "Breth- 
ren Youth." 

Washington, D. C. Brother Fairbanks says that the 
Christian Endeavorers are having some fine services under 
the direction of Brother Guy Tamkin. 

We quote from the Washington bulletin of January 
15th — "It was certainly grand to see so many in church 
last Sunday morning. Almost all the seats were taken." 
That's the kind of report pastors are glad to release. 



The Washington Laymen's League conducted the ser- 
vices at the Central Mission recently. They do this fre- 
quently and successfully. 

The moving picture, "Simon Peter" is scheduled for 
Washington church for Sunday evening, January 29th. 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother W. S. Crick informs us that begin- 
ning on Monday, February 20th, Brother Virgil E. Meyer, 
pastor of the Nappanee, Indiana, Brethren Church, will 
hold forth in an evangelistic effort at the Gratis church. 
The meetings will run through Sunday, March 5th. Brother 
Meyer was a former pastor of the Gratis church. 

The Miami Valley Laymen held a Rally at the Gratis 
church on Monday evening, January 16th, with an address 
by Robert E. Lucas, Assistant Superintendent of the Preble 
County Schools. The Gratis W. M. S. served the evening 
meal. 

Stockton, California. In a recent letter to Brother C. E. 
Johnson, Stockton pastor, the editor "kidded" him a little 
about the "Ohio weather" having taken a journey to Cali- 
fornia and the "California weather" having come to Ohio. 
We received this reply: "You spoke about our Ohio 
weather out here. Well it did get rather nippy. Got down 
to 24 several mornings, but it did not last long during 
the day. Did have a teriffic snow storm one morning, the 
first in seventeen years. The kids had a great time. For 
many of them it was their first experience with snow. 
After it was all over the kids got brooms out and tried 
to sweep up enough snow from the sidewalks to make a 
snowball. Great excitement." We have only had about 
that amount of snow in Ashland all winter. It seems the 
seasons are sort of off beam. Brother Johnson goes on to 
say, "The work here is growing nicely. We have had a 
steady increase in attendance for several weeks. We have 
a wonderful field, but a mighty hard one to work." 

Brother Johnson reports that one of their Sunday School 
attendants has a record of three years perfect attendance; 
seven have, a perfect two year attendance record, and six 
have a one year record. How about the other Sunday 
Schools over the Brotherhood? Can you match that? 

South Bend, Indiana. South .Bend will be closing an evan- 
gelistic meeting on Sunday, January 29th. It began on 
January 15th, with Rev. D. R. Thomas, nationally known 
evangelist, as guest preacher. 

Oakville, Indiana. Brother Henry Bates, who takes up 
his duties as professor in Ashland College at the begin- 
ning of the second semester, tells us that he is continuing 
to serve the Oakville Church, for the next several months, 
or until such time as a resident pastor can be secured. 
Brother Bates will commute from Ashland each week end. 
Brother and Sister Bates are the proud parents of a brand 
new baby girl, their third. Congratulations. Brother Bates' 
new address is 938 College Blvd., Ashland, Ohio. 

Meyersdale, Penna. Christian Emphasis Week has been 
observed by the Meyersdale Churches, a community effort 
in which our church cooperated. 

Brother E. M. Riddle, Field Secretary of the General 
Missionary .Board, was guest speaker at Meyersdale on 
Sunday, January 22nd. 

As to Brother W. R. Deeter. The editor received a note 
from Brother Deeter under the date of January 12th, which 
said, "I am gaining slowly. Helped with the dishes a few 
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JANUARY 28, 1950 



PAGE THREE 




HAVE WE FORGOTTEN IT? 

IT CAME IN JUST TWO SHORT sentences, but sentences 
packed with so much to think about that it drew my im- 
mediate attention. It came about when I was looking for 
some short sentences which might be well used for "fillers" 
for the little vacant spaces that come so often at the end 
of a column, when articles are just a bit short of the page 
or column length. A discussion had been going on about 
me that had to do with the present status of Bible study. 
As the conversation proceeded, my eyes fell on the follow- 
ing two sentences from the pen of Wilbur La Roe. Read 
them and ponder with me for a little while: 

"We must never forget that our freedom in America 
came from Christain faith. When our forefathers loaded 
a plow in a prairie-schooner, they also loaded a Bible." 

The two things that stand out in this short paragraph 
are the idea of the source of our American freedom; and 
the fact that the Bible is to be found at the very founda- 
tion of our country's greatness. 

While it is very true that in a sense the American peo- 
ple 'have lost much of the freedom that was intended by 
those who established our country in the cradle of liberty, 
yet the citizens of this United States of America are a 
people with more freedom than those of any other country. 
While there are many things that we might want to see 
changed, yet how many of you would like to trade your 
American heritage and citizenship for that of any other 
country on this globe ? I think I dare answer my own ques- 
tion by saying, "Not one of you." 

While many citizens of this country, both native born 
and naturalized, take no thought or recognition of the 
part that Christianity has played in the progress of the 
.nation, yet without the foundation upon which it was built, 
that of a freedom of worship, we would not even have 
what freedom we do have. Let me remind you that our 
nation was built on a foundation of freedom to worship 
God, through Jesus Christ, for at its foundation, those 
who were the prime instruments in its founding came to 
this country to find a place where they .could worship 
Christ, not just to found any old religious thought. 

Then we note that as the pioneers began to press west- 
ward over the land, that it was true that with their in- 
struments to till the ground that it might bring forth 
that which would sustain the physical body, they took 
also with them that which would feed the soul — the Bible 
— The Word of God. As they built a new home in the wil- 
derness they bolstered it up with prayer and Bible study. 
Few indeed, if any, households that did not have their pe- 
riod of morning and evening prayers. The meeting-house 
was among the first of the community buildings that was 
built. Is it any wonder that the country grew in staunch- 
ness and reliability? They knew God, through His Word. 
They knew Him through their prayers. They knew Him 
through their experiences. 

Isn't it about time that we got back to the ways of 
our forefathers ? Isn't it about time that we realize that 



without the leading of God in the plans of individual 
homes, in community projects, in our national affairs, 
we will get nowhere. Christian training is as essential as 
it was at the founding of our nation ? What are we really 
doing about it? 
Think it over! 



Office Gleanings 



The Editor 

We are glad to report that the Publication Day offer- 
ings are beginning to come in. However, with the exception 
of one, these are all from individuals. The one exception 
will be noted in the following list. We are asking that just 
as soon as possible, following the receiving of the offer- 
ing, and the giving of ample time for all local offerings 
to be in, that the amount be sent to the Publishing House, 
in order that we may be able to complete the report at 
the earliest possible date. 

Also we are still receiving gifts for the Press and Equip- 
ment Fund. One has come since the last list was published, 
we list it below: 

PRESS AND EQUIPMENT FUND 

Rev. Harrie Funderburg, New Carlisle, Ohio 

(Dayton Church) $10.00 

PUBLICATION DAY OFFERINGS 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Zwayer, Toledo, Ohio $10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Flora, Lagro, Indiana 

(College Corner) 1.00 

Mrs. E. W. Garrett, Muncie, Indiana 1.00 

D. V. Campbell, Pataskala, Ohio 5.00 

Ora E. Jones, Clayton, Ohio 1.00 

B. F. Lampton, Brownsville, Ohio 50 

Clifton Pennington, Sr., Akron, Ohio 1.00 

Mrs. Thomas Corner, Fostoria, Ohio (Fremont) .... 1.00 

Estella Blackstone, Lorain, Ohio (Mt. Zion) 5.00 

David S. Hegler, Chillicothe, Ohio (Fairview) 5.00 

Ella Erbaugh, North Milton, Ohio 3.50 

First .Brethren Church, Goshen, Indiana 46.78 

Scott A. Shannon, Hiawatha, Kan. (Hamlin) 2.50 

Minnie Sloan, Mulberry, Indiana (Cambria) 5.00 

Mrs. J. J. Wolfe, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 

(N. Manchester) 25.00 

Mrs. Nina M. Bishop, Kissimee, Fla. (Fairview) . . . 3.00 

Idella Walten, Jackson, Mich. (Uniontown II, Pa.) . . 3.00 

Helen Fox, Ashland College (Oak Hill, W. Va.) 1.00 

Margaret Neighbors, Ashland College (Oak Hill 

W. Va 1.00 

Mrs. Orpha Beekley, University, Miss. (Ashland) . . 1.00 

Mrs. Margaret DeLozier, Ashland, Ohio (Ashland) 3.00 

Mrs. Belle Kilhefner, Ashland, Ohio (Ashland) 20.00 

O. F. DeHaven, Safety Harbor, Fla 1.00 

Mrs. Verda Hade Hess, Waynesvoro, Pa 3.00 

(More to be reported next week) 



CAGE FOUR 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Will Excuses Excuse Us? 

Rev. W. R. Deeter 
(Delivered at the late Central District Conference) 



The Scripture: Luke 14:15-24 

IN THIS SCRIPTURE the "certain man" is God; the 
"many bidden" are rulers of the Jews; the servant who 
"invites them" is Jesus Christ. 

When the rulers refuse the invitation to the feast, that 
is, to enter Christ's kingdom; then the poor, the lame and 
the halt — the despised classes of the Jewish nation are in- 
vited. 

They joyfully obey, and yet there is room, because the 
Kingdom of Christ is meant to embrace all mankind. Then 
Christ, through the Apostles, goes into the highways and 
hedges — the heathen lands — and compels the Gentiles to 
come in. 

But those who made "excuse" were not permitted to eat 
at the table feast. The Jewish rulers who rejected the in- 
vitation shall not taste of His Supper — the blessedness in 
store for the saints of God. 

Now here in verse 18 "they ALL" with one accord began 
to make excuse. The first excuse was Pride; the second 
was Business; the third, Pleasure. 

1. The first man was in the Real Estate Business. 

The Real Estate business is legal; it is logical; it is 
remunerative. It gives employment to many. One sees the 
business advertised' in newspapers, magazines, bill boards 
on the highway, on calendars — it is ever before our eyes. 
It involves "floating capital." It takes fidelity to put it 
across and carry it on. It takes time; it takes attention; 
it takes faith. 

The invitation was sent out, but he says, "Excuse me 
please!" — and he was. One can not always get away at 
certain times. 

2. The Next Man was a Dealer in Live Stock. 

He had purchased oxen. He was a dealer in "power"; 
power to operate the farm; to till the soil; to plant and to 
sow; to carry on production. Crops have to be planted at 
the right time and season; harvests are to be cared for; 
roads have to be built. He wanted to prove them, test 
them, try them out — to see if they would work — to see if 
his bargain was profitable. But he said, "Excuse me, 
please!" and he was. 

3. The Last Main had Just Been Married. 

The custom in those days, and it still is, that a newly 
married man could be excused from any responsibility of 
social functions for one year. The invitation was urgent, 
but the servant received a discouraging reception, because 
all these excuses were evasive, They were all derived 
from things which, in themselves, were not lawful. So the 
Host says, "I'll invite a different class of people in." You 
know excuses assume a great many forms, and usually 
folks who "make excuse" have another excuse back of 
the first. 

Now if you are invited to a social function, or to church, 



or to a religious function, you say, "Excuse me, please!" 
and you will be, of course. You CAN BE EXCUSED. If 
you are invited to a dance, or a card party, you can say. 
"EXCUSE ME PLEASE!" and you will be— and praise 
the Lord for those who do just that — we Christian's DON'T 
NEED worldly things. We DON'T NEED taverns, road- 
houses or dives for entertainment. Throw them to the 
winds. Do I hear an "Amen?" 

A man was offered expenses to go to college. He 
counted up the cost of denial of some things immediate 
that he liked to do at home, and considered not the course 
down the line a few years later in making his decision. It 
meant work on his part, but LOSS of a bigger usefulness 
in life — it was gone. He was excused! 

A mother wanted her daughter to take music — piano 
and voice. No, she enjoyed "dates" too much. She could 
have been happily useful helping and cheering others ir. 
life — a bigger life. "Please Excuse Me" — and she was. 

There may be an uncle or an aunt you don't like; they go 
to church. You don't go because you don't like them. Things 
of the domestic life hinder us; we want to be excused. A 
brother or sister, or a neighbor go to church. You have 
"pouts" toward them, so you don't go to church. That's 
your excuse. 

Yes, the Lord will excuse you, but how about your own 
spiritual needs for food from heaven ? Folks want their 
minister to preach with "power" and be right up to par, 
and yet the preacher gets one-half of his inspiration from 
his audience. But some go off on family picnics, reunions, 
visiting, and never tell their preacher where they are, or 
will be. A few do and it is appreciated. Yes, we may ex- 
cuse you, but what about your soul's need? and what about 
others? Many who have habitually made excuses in life 
have come to the end of their journey realizing the flim- 
siness of their petty excuses. Your tiredness, your head- 
aches, your heartaches, your slowness to be about your 
Father's business — excuses, Excuses. EXCUSES! How 
about the Lord? Will it work? 

We know chores have to be done; stock has to be wa- 
tered and fed; but why do it on the Lord's time? One man 
said, "Church time comes right at my chore time." — that 
was his excuse. If we allow ourselves to be caught in the 
whirl and confusion of the world, we are the loser. Wher- 
ever Christ's Gospel has gone, they have built Hospitals, 
Old Folks and Children's Homes, Orphanages — institu- 
tions to help relieve suffering and to prolong life. 

We have not yet seen all men crowned; but we see the 
Crowner, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Are you turning away 
from Him? Don't muster up excuses! The church is the 
only institution that puts its .arms around the people and 
lifts them up. Whosoever will may come to the Lord. So, 
if you are asked to do the least thing for God and the 
church— DON'T SAY NO: DO IT! Ah, the road to "by and 
by" leads to the town of "Never." Men make excuses, but 
will they pass muster as they stand before the Lord ? 



JANUARY 28, 1950 



PACK FIVE 



The American "Bible Society Looks flhead 



A BUDGET of $3,146,000 for the 1950 Scripture pro- 
gram of the American Bible Society was approved 
by the Advisory Council of the Society,, which met at the 
Bible House, New York City, on the last two days of No- 
vember. This was the 31st annual meeting in which the 
Council has convened with the officers of the Society. The 
Council consists of executives, leading pastors and editors 
of fifty denominations who recognize the Bible Society as 
their official source of Scripture supply. The budget figure 
shows an increase of more than $800,000 over the 1949 
budget of $2,286,500. The major part of the increase is be- 
ing sought, according to Frank H. Mann, general secre- 
tary of the American Bible Society, to meet unprecedented 
opportunity of supplying Scriptures to Japan and to aid 
the Bible Societies in Europe in their post-war rehabilita- 
tion work. To assist in raising this amount the Bible So- 
ciety will seek 500,000 new members. 

"Open" is the word brought to the Council by Dr. Eric 
M. North, secretary in charge of the foreign work of the 
Bible Society, who has just returned from a conference in 
Tokyo with the Japan Bible Society. Dr. North reported, 
in an interview with General MacArthur, that 4,000,000 
copies of the Scriptures have already been supplied to the 
Japan Bible Society by the American people, working 
through the American Bible Society, since the end of the 
war. Three million more copies will be furnished during 
1950, it is planned. General MacArthur stated, according 
to Dr. North, that thirty million Scriptures will be needed 
to fill the eventual needs of Japan. 

"The Japan Bible Society under whose direction the 
Scriptures are being distributed," said Dr. North, " is de- 
veloping a system of colportage. The work has been divided 
into 'counties' and is under the leadership of a co-leader 
who in turn secures volunteer helpers. Visits are made 
from house to house and to all schools. 

"Bible classes are being held after hours in banks, mu- 
nicipal offices and other business organizations. Other 
classes are led by pastors who meet two and three times 
a week with these groups. The local churches have been 
badly hit, and pastors, many of whom receive no salary 
at all, must secure work on the side in order to support 
themselves. The missionary force is not adequate and must 
be multiplied many times, so that Christianity today finds 
an entrance to Japan through continuing large distribu- 
tion of the Scriptures," concluded Dr. North. 

Dr. Gilbert Darlington, treasurer of the American Bible 
Society and in charge of the Society's publication program, 
reported that the Society's estimated printing require- 
ments for 1950, to be published in the United States, to- 
tals 13,695,000 copies of the Scriptures. This includes 717,- 
500 Bibles in various languages; 881,000 Testaments; 
6,250,000 copies of Portions of the Bible; 97,000 separate 
copies of the Book of Psalms to be bound with New Testa- 
ments; 650,000 copies of the Sermon on the Mount and 
5,100,000 twenty-four page Gospels. 

The Bible Society's program included sending to the 
Eastern Zone of Germany, either the finished books or ma- 
terials for printing Scriptures locally, 400,000 Bibles; 
300,000 Testaments and 2,000 Scriptures for the Blind. For 
the Western Zone, the Society's program includes 200,000 



Bibles; 300,000 Testaments and 2,000 Scriptures for the 
Blind. 

If opportunity opens, Dr. Darlington stated, the Ame i ■ 
ican Bible Society has ready for shipment, Scriptures to 
Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Serbia and the 
Ukraine. Calls for Scriptures, from areas largely un- 
touched by the war, which include Brazil and Africa, show 
an increase of from 250-300 percent. 

The American Bible Society, to safeguard editions of 
the Holy Scriptures, has stored well-printed copies of the 
books in fireproof buildings which include the Library of 
the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado; the Li- 
brary of Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 
and the Publication Library of the American Bible Society 
in New York City. For this safe-keeping program, up to 
October 25, 1949 in addition to its own publications, the 
Society had received Scriptures from the Bible Society of 
India and Ceylon; the China Bible House in Shanghai; the 
Czechoslovakian Bible Society; the Japan Bible Society, 
the National Bible Society of Scotland, the Netherlands 
Bible Society and the Norwegian Bible Society. Papier 
mache mats are also stored in fireproof warehouses in Van- 
couver, British Columbia. Bibles, Testaments and Portions 
of the Bible are stored in Hong Kong. 



Cheyenne Pastor Weds 

Rev. Frank W. Garber, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was united in marriage to 
Helen Gasset on Wednesday afternoon, January 4, 1950, 
in the Christian Church, the Rev. R. D. Borgaard offi- 
ciating in the beautiful single ring ceremony. 

The bride was attended by an old friend, Mrs. George 
Martin and the groom attended by Mr. George Martin. 

The bride is well known in Cheyenne, having lived on a 
ranch northwest of the city for many years. 

Rev. Garber just recently completed the erection of the 
new Church building at Cheyenne, and is well known in 
the city, having been employed by the Harris Furniture 
Company. 

The couple have been friends from their youth, having 
attended high school together in Leon, Iowa. 

They took a short wedding journey to Portland, Ore- 
gon, where a few days were spent with the bride's sister, 
Mrs. Fred Conrey. They will be at home to their frie xls 
after February first. 



"Do you know what amazes me more than all else ? The 
impotence of force to organize anything. There are only 
two powers in the world: the spirit and the sword. In the 
long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit." 
— Napoleon. 

It is well to remember that some people are grace helpers 
and others grace testers. 



PAGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



By Charles Emory Byers 



"Knowledge comes but wisdom lingers, and I linger on 

the shore; 
And the individual withers, and the world is more and 

more." — From Locksley Hall — Alfred Tennyson. 

* » » * 

There is a great difference between knowledge and 
wisdom. Knowledge is knowing something and wisdom is 
the added ability to know how to apply it. And the dif- 
ference between the two is as wide as the Pacific ocean. 

It seems a grueling task to acquire knowledge, but that 
is simple when compared with getting wisdom. Many peo- 
ple accumulate a vast store of knowledge who cannot 
hope to attain unto wisdom. 

With all this we must hold in mind that wisdom is a 
relative term. Samuel Taylor Coleridge said that common 
sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls 
wisdom. To use knowLedge wisely is to step on the plat- 
form of wisdom. What a vain thing it is to have a vast 
store of knowledge with no method to put it to work. Yet 
the world is full of just that sort of people. 

One recognizes the ever present truth of Tennyson's 
statement that knowledge comes but wisdom lingers when 
he looks at the blunders committed by fools with plenty 
of knowledge. They find themselves in the right church 
but the wrong pew. That is, they have the proper ingre- 
dients but fail because they are not properly mixed. Knowl- 
edge is the ingredients, wisdom is the combining them to 
consummate the successful result. Wisdom is so much 
more important than knowledge that we must work pro- 
portionately harder to obtain it. Tennyson pondered long 
over the situation he had in mind when he wrote these 
lines. He knew the facts — had all the knowledge neces- 
sary but he discovered that wisdom still lingered, still 
evaded him. 

The case is of a capable and ambitious young man full 
of bright hopes and great dreams cast away by the young 
lady whom he loves. This disappointment breaks his heart 
and in his bitter struggle to survive he plans, one after 
another, a whole series of foolish and unworthy acts. Then 
turning his knowledge to wise use, he ponders and delays 
until he is sure his course of action is right and then pro- 
ceeds. He applies common sense and his knowledge is 
slowly transmuted into wisdom. His wisdom caused him 
to do the only thing he could to save himself from despair. 
He goes headlong into life's activities and thus conquers 
his disappointment. 

What shall we do with knowledge ? Turn it into wisdom 
that is so slow to come. It will finally appear with a crown 
of gold. 



Would that our American homes could become family 
units where each loves to stay and all loathe to leave, be- 
cause love, gentleness and Christian faith reside within 
their walls. 



Spiritual HDebitations 

Rev. DyoU Belote 

LEAVES OR FRUIT? 

"And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, 
and found nothing thereon, but leaves only ..." Matt. 
21:19. 

TO WHAT PURPOSE the planting of fruit trees un- 
less those trees bear fruit? The parable of the land- 
owner who had planted a tree, and came in the time of 
harvest to gather his fruit, and found none, is interesting, 
because it presents two or three phases of thought. 

First the owner was a lover of fruit, without doubt. 
And fruit is healthful, and men plant trees that they may 
have the joy of increased health and strength from the 
consumption of the fruit which they have a right to ex- 
pect to gather from the trees they plant. 

In the second place there is a settled purpose in the 
planting, the tree has been favored as to fertility of soil, 
location for protection from storms and drought. It has 
been mulched and digged around to destroy pests and in- 
crease the supply of natural stimulants to plant life. It is 
a favored specimen and the owner expects results. 

In the third place fruit is the insignia of a valuable tree. 
Men do not plant fruit trees for the shade they may af- 
ford, but for the fruit they expect to gather therefrom. 

The sincere Christian is a favored individual. He has 
the assurance of God's care, for the Psalmist declares that 
the man who serves God is like a tree planted by rivers of 
water, water being a necessary adjunct to abundant life in 
the tree. Leaves are a sign of life in the tree, but fruit 
the proof of the depth of the vitality of that life. So the 
presence of the fruits of the Spirit in the Christian is evi- 
dence of the vital connection between the Christian and 
his Lord. Love, joy, peace, kindness, longsuffering, meek- 
ness, and all the long list of graces that are supposed to 
emanate from the Christian character, give proof of the 
inseparable connection that exists between the Master and 
His disciples. 

If we abide in Christ and His Spirit abides in us, we 
may expect to produce fruit and more fruit; fruit that 
delights and glorifies the Lord, and that will he a blessing 
to the world. God spare us from the wail of "Nothing but 
leaves." — Linwood, Maryland. 



BRAILLE SCRIPTURES IN JAPAN 

First copies of a new edition of Genesis, the Psalms, the 
Gospel of John and the Book of Romans and I and II Cor- 
inthians in Japanese Braille, which were printed in Tokyo 
by the Japan Bible Society have reached the American 
Bible Society in New York. The Braille paper and binding 
materials needed to produce these volumes were supplied 
by the American Bible Society. 

Shipments of Braille paper are being made by the Bible 
Society to Japan and Germany for the production in these 
needy countries of Scriptures for the Blind. 



JANUARY 28, 1950 



PAGE SEVEN 



7* a 'ptieotd %>ene£t 

H. A. Gossard 

Prefatory. — The poem was deduced from a letter to me 
by a dear friend whose beloved companion and the de- 
voted mother of two small children was, after weeks of 
suffering, taken to her divine abode. 

In my transversion of his letter I have followed care- 
fully his attitude as he unfolded the spirit in which he 
viewed her departure and his and the children's bereave- 
ment as a divine act; and in that light was apparently rec- 
onciled, considering his and the infants' loss was her 
eternal gain; and that he and they had a true representa- 
tive in the glory world. 

Proceeding from such a premise I wrote the following 
to him as a letter, to which he graciously responded, say- 
ing, "Your comforting poem-letter will be preserved as a 
memorial to cherish and to read to my children when they 
shall have reached the age of understanding." 



This final act — so soon, that we must part, 
And severed be the bond of life and heart, 

Awakes within a thought beyond control: 
That thought decrees that I instead should be 
The claim of death, if that could ransom thee, 

'Till I recall the fairness of your soul. 

Then conscious of this truth, I'm reconciled; 
And see in you a spirit undefiled: — 

Yes, far surpassing mine: — angelic fair 
And sanctified . . . She, losing sight of earth, 
Grasps now that "holy gift," Immortal Birth. 

She's gone! — to me is left a mother's care. 

Gone not from me alone, nor from her home, 
Where, as a blinding darkness, falls the gloam; 

And where her infant ones lament their loss: 
Gone from all care, all need of love, all friends; 
Gone from her church, the fort her Lord defends; 

Gone for her crown, gone from her cross. 

Mid grief and joy I'll walk God's chosen way, 
Preparing by each act and all I say 

My soul, to meet her there on yonder shore. 
These infant ones I'll guard with tender care, 
Whose form and virtues often may declare 

The beauty of her life till mine is o'er. 

Who knows but they, these infants, may unfold 
The life of her, so short and scantly told, 

To lead me on and on where joys await . . . 
I know that God, the God who took her hence, 
Will in that "Final Future" recompense: — 

For He who gave and took can Recreate. 

This act of God's, so little understood 

By me, may prove to be my final good: — 

For He is wise, and doeth all things well . . . 
He has the right to take that which He gave; 
To call from life the Spirit thru the grave; 

The time for this no human tongue can tell 



What tho my life be filled with sorrow here: 
'Tis no remorse of sin; nor cause for fear; 

Nor reason that I sit discouraged down: 
For He who brought salvation's plan to earth 
Knew grief; was full of sorrow; not of mirth; 

He sits enthroned beneath the "Victor's Crown." 

'Tis true I often stumble 'neath life's load, 
When I alone would struggle down the road 

Of time, and feel sufficient in my strength. 
'Tis wise in youth to seek to lean upon 
A "stronger arm": — the father's for the son; 

The symbol of the care we seek at length. 

This life of mine must, unresigned to fate, 
Be led to nobler realms thru the gate 

That's open for the soul, and filled with cheer. 
'Tis there this robe of sorrow, grief and pain 
I'll cast aside; and never don again; 

Nor wish for joys where sorrows ne'er appear. 

Between This life and That must intervene 
Some sacrifice; some trouble too, I ween; 

And last of all, This Death,— 0, "Portal-gate!" 
I cannot shun the thot; 'tis so ordained 
That I in life the victory must have gained 

O'er sin and death and surety from Fate. 

Exultant, free from earth, then I shall rise 

To join the saints and loved ones in the skies, 

Where joy, and bliss, and love shall know no bound. 
There I shall see my God and her I love, 
And mingle in her "angel song" above 

Where is no discord, nor uncertain sound. 



(T humbly and truly admit the transversion of his bein- 
tiful letter has not, because of my inability, been fully and 
justly portrayed). 



Does the Light Shine Through You? 

A little girl had been taken for the first time to see a 
great cathedral. The morning sun came pouring through 
the stained glass windows. The little girl sat there won- 
dering all the glory of it all. At last her childish curiosity 
got the better of her and she whispered, "Auntie, who are 
the people on the windows?" 

"They are saints," auntie replied. 

Then the little girl said, "Now I know what saints are. 
They are not people who wear ugly clothes and bonnets. 
They are people who let the light shine through." — Ex. 



NEW TESTAMENTS FOR KOREA 

The American Bible Society's fifth edition of 54,000 
Korean New Testaments is on its way to Korea. Publica- 
tion of Korean Scriptures has been resumed in Korea with 
binding materials supplied by the American Bible Society. 
Whole Bibles in Korean are being supplied by the British 
and Foreign Bible Society, and some ar.e also being printed 
in Korea. 



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Stewardship Conference 
Held in Pennsylvania 

RECENTLY WE HAD an interesting visit from Mr. 
Perry Hayden, president of the Dynamic Kernels 
Foundation, of Tecumseh, Michigan. He called at the Edi- 
tor's 'home on his way back to Michigan, after having con- 
ducted a great Stewardship meeting in Johnstown and 
Conemaugh, Pennsylvania. 

The primary reason for his call was to give credit to 
our own Walter C. Wertz and his wife, of Conemaugh, 
for the fine way which they had arranged the details of 
the conference. Mr. Hayden w,as quite lavish in his praise 
of Brother and Sister Wertz, for the part they played in 
the work of this particular part of the Lord's business. 

Brother Wertz is President of the Pennsylvania District 
Sunday School .Board; President of the Cambria County 
Christian Endeavor; President of the Christian Board of 
Education for the city of Conemaugh; Secretary of the 
Conemaugh Ministeriui.i; Acting Secretary of the Y. M. 
n ,. A. and a Teacher in the Conemaugh High School. Some 
of these I knew, but some I did not. Seems that he has 
quite a large job to do. Besides this Brother Wertz has 
much to do with the Summer Camp of the Brethren Church 
in Pennsylvania. 

Sister Wertz is President of both the Conemaugh Breth- 
ren Woman's Missionary Society and the United Council 
r.f Church Women of Conemaugh. 

Most of the sessions of the conference were held in the 
High School Gymnasium, where the vision of the real 
value of personal stewardship was caught by the more 
than 1,400 people who attended the four meetings. Tith- 
ing has become a reality in the lives of Christians every- 
where, more and more, as the past few years of tithing 
education impressed this part of the Lord's work upon men 
and women. This impulse has come largely through the 
Dynamic Kernels Foundation, headed by Mr. Hayden. 
Those who attended our General Conference in Ashland 
last fall will recall that Mr. Hayden was the speaker of 
the National Laymen's Program in their conference ses- 
sion, at which time he showed the sound motion picture, 
"God Is My Landlord." This film has been shown in many 
of our churches in recent months. Mr. Hayden told me to 
say that the film can be obtained by writing him at Tecum- 
seh, Michigan. 

In a card to the editor following his arrival home, Mr. 
Hayden says, "The Saturday night offering was $120.00 
and the Sunday evening offering, when the meeting was 
held in the First Brethren Church at Johnstown, was 
$130.00. I do not know what the Sunday morning offering- 
was, but one farmer said, 'For the first time in my life 
I have learned how a farmer should figure his tithe.' " 
He also said that out of the hundreds of meetings which 
he has held, that he never received such cooperation and 
such offerings as were given there. Saturday night he 
asked for $100.00 and got $120.00. 

The two Johnstown Radio Stations were helpful in get- 
ting the word of the meetings over the community — Sta- 
tion WJAC making eight spot announcements, and Sta- 
tion WARD making announcement daily. 



If every one in the Brethren Church would learn both 
the advantage and the joy of tithing their income, there 
would surely be funds and to spare in the treasuries of 
the churches. There would be no need of appeals for of- 
ferings to support the various interests of the church; 
missionaries numberless could be sent out; new fields could 
be opened; new churches built. Did not God say through 
his prophet Malachi, "Bring ye all the tithes into the 
storehouse ..." and did not Jesus say, referring to the 
tithe, "This ye ought to have done and not left the other 
undone," and have we failed to realize it? 



WITH THE LAYMEN 



Pennsylvania District Laymen 
To Hold Rally 

The Pennsylvania Laymen's Organization will hold their 
District Rally at the Third .Brethren Church, Johnstown, 
on Tuesday afternoon and evening, January 31st. The 
theme of the meeting will be "Let's Do Something About 
It, Brethren," and the text will be James 2:14, which reads 
as follows: "What doth it profit, my brethren, though a 
man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save 
him ? " 

The following program has been arranged, with Broth- 
er John Golby, District President, presiding: 

Afternoon — 2:30 

Prelude Clyde Orner 

Address of Welcome Rev. D. Richard Wolfe, 

pastor host church 

Devotions Rev. Woodrow B. Brant 

Group singing Led by Floyd S. Benshoff 

Introduction of the Officers 

Remarks . . . Oscar Robarge, National Laymen Vice Pres. 
Address H. W. Dan- 
Discussion and Business 
Hymn — "In the Service of the King" 
Benediction Rev. N. V. Leatherman 

Evening — 7:30 

Prelude Clyde Orner 

Devotions John Blocher 

Remarks . .Francis Berkshire, National Laymen Secretary 

Presentation of Laymen Goals Oscar Robarge 

Quartet number 

Offertory 

Quartet number 

Illustrated Lecture — .Brethren Work in Kentucky 

Rev. Elmer M. Keck 
Question Period 
Hymn — "Evening Prayer" 
Benediction Rev. W. S. Renshoff 



JANUARY 28, 1950 



PAGE NINE 



National Goals Program 

Rev. ]. G. Dodds, Chairman 

RECRUITS FOR THE BRETHREN MINISTRY 

By C. Y. Gilmer, Member of National Goals Committee 

National Goal, IV — 1 : "One new recruit for the Breth- 
ren Ministry each year from every 1,000 members or 
major fraction thereof, enrolling in Ashland College as 
a student under the auspices of the Brethren Seminary." 

GOD HAS A PATH mapped out for every Christian. 
As for the ministry, there is a difference between 
a divine call and human authorization. This is a profound 
and far reaching subject. God will never delegate to the 
hands of man responsibility for transmitting that which 
comes from Him alone. It is a pity for a man, desiring 
to have things of the ministry in his own hands, to prove 
utterly incompetent to administer these great and solemn 
responsibilities. The ordination of such a man but Axes 
him in a position which may not be of God at all. This 
has been one of the causes of apostasy in church history. 
Ordination is a public setting apart of men as elders 
and deacons. Such should be good men, full of the Holy 
Ghost and wisdom. Barring those who have mistaken their 
calling, those called to the gospel ministry through the 
church should feel the call of God to a particular kind of 
ministry such as pastor, evangelist, missionary, editor, 
etc. Certainly God wants the ordained to take a place that 
He does not want the laity to take. However, He wants 
all to lay their lives on the altar. All are to have God's 
power and some special gift (1 Cor. 12:28-30; 1 Tim. 4:14). 
All should study and prepare, but God gives the special 
anointing, a divine enabling. To ministers and deacons this 
is represented by the laying on of hands, a symbol of di- 
vine authorization and the outpouring of God's Spirit. 

"If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a 
good work" (1 Tim. 3:1). Paul says, "This is a true say- 
ing." Strange as it may seem to some who believe that 
God has to drive recruits into the ministry, God wants 
only volunteers! Any kind of service for God must be vol- 
unteer service. Only volunteers can follow Christ and do 
His work. In God's calling there is no drafting, selective 
or conscriptive. Some have been called to preach before 
they were born. All their lives they felt an urge that they 
could not escape. When rightly interpreted they discovered 
it was the call of God. It is a definite call. "Woe is me if 
I preach not the gospel!" God does not like for us to act 
like Jonah but to freely lay our all on the altar in loving 
presentation. 

God wants volunteers. Isaiah was a volunteer. He "heard 
the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send, and who 
will go for us?" The Lord wanted somebody willing to go. 
Isaiah said, "Here am I, send me." Certainly those whom 
God calls ought to want to preach. Paul and the other 
apostles did not wait for opportunities to preach — they 
made opportunities — were "instant in season and out of 
season." 

The local churches should be alert to all who have an 
inner urge and holy compassion to serve in the ministry. 



"The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few: 
pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would 
send forth labourers into into his harvest" (Luke 10:2). 
In view of such a lack let the Brethren Church shove out 
volunteers. In view of such a manpower shortage one would 
think there ought to be a draft, but God can use only those 
whose heart is in the work. Let God have volunteers, whose 
bodies and lives are willing sacrifices. Let love be the only 
constraint that compels a holy, separated life. 

We would offer this word of encouragement to any who 
because of youth and lack of experience feel too embar- 
rassed to undertake the ministry. "Perfect love casteth 
out fear." God in mercy will give boldness. Fluency of 
speech will come by prayer, practice and thinking. If one 
is really on the altar he will get saturated with the mes- 
sage. Only God can ordain, anoint and transform, and that 
by the power of His Spirit. 

— Huntington, Indiana. 



A Communion Invitation £etter 

Some time ago we indicated in our "Interesting Items" 
that we were struck by the special invitation which the 
Loree, Indiana, Brethren Church sent out to the member- 
ship to attend the Communion observance. We also said 
that we would share it with the Readers of the Evangelist 
if we had permission from the Church. That permission 
having been granted, we take pleasure in presenting it 
below. It reads thus: 

Dear Brethren in Christ: 

We take this opportunity of extending to you and to 
your family, a special invitation to attend the Fall Com- 
munion Service at the . . . Brethren Church, ( . . . Date 
here . . . ). This service will be a Night of Ordinance Ob- 
servance, beautiful in their significance. 

1. Feet Washing, emblematic of frequent cleansing from 
defilement contracted on this Wilderness Journey to the 
Heavenly Canaan. 

2. The Lord's Supper, looking forward to the time when 
all the Redeemed by the Blood, shall sit down to the Mar- 
riage Supper of the Lamb, with Jesus present once more 
to instruct and to serve. 

3. The Communion, pointing us back to Gethsemane and 
Calvary, to the great conflict of the Ages, where was met 
and vanquished the combined hate and malice of the oppo- 
sition of the Church of the Firstborn. 

The Gospel Authority 

"... He poureth water into a bason, and began to wash 
the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel where- 
with He was girded." John 13:5. 

"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed 
it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, 
Take, eat; this is my body." Matt. 26:26. 

"And he took the Cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to 
them, saying, Drink ye all of it." Matt. 26:27. 

The Brethren Church is a Body of Baptized 

believers, standing on the Solid Rock of Faith in Jesus 
Christ — without question or apology. To all members of 



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this church and to those of like faith we issue this invita- 
tion. 

"If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your 
feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet." John 13:14. 
"The bread which we break, is it not the communion of 
the Body of Christ?" I Corinthians 10:16. 

"The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the com- 
munion of the Blood of Christ?" I Corinthians 10:16. 
"This do in remembrance of Me." Luke 22:19. 

Signed: Board of Deacons and Deaconesses 

(Here follows the individual names 
of the above Board.) 



SPECIAL NOTICE TO ALL CHURCHES 

* Mail from individuals and representatives of or- 

* ganizations of the churches is coming to me, in- 

* quiring about items of the 1950 General Conference. 

* Please note that ALL correspondence concerning 

* the coming General Conference, especially relative 

* to the program, should go to either Rev. John F. 

* Locke, Maurertown, Virginia, who is chairman of the 

* 1950 Executive Committee, or to Rev. Clarence S. 

* Fairbanks, 4805 Silver Hill Road, S. E., Washing- 

* ton 20, D. C, who is secretary of the committee. 



J. G. Dodds, Secretary of last year. 



Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

times. Have not been out of doors as yet, but plan to 
preach next Sunday, the Lord willing." We trust that he 
was able to do so. 

West Alexandria, Ohio. Revival meetings are in prog- 
ress in the West Alexandria church, with Brother Floyd 
Sibert, pastor of the Pleasant Hill, Ohio, church as evan- 
gelist. Brother Charles Munson was the guest speaker on 
Sunday, January 12th, services being held morning, after- 
noon and evening. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum says that the 
tract committee, under the leadership of Brother James 
Norris, is furnishing many tracts for the use of the church. 
Many of the Laymen's Organizations are doing this fine 
work of tract distribution. 

The St. James men are constantly working to make 
their plant better both in equipment and in appearance. 
Recently the men installed a filter through which the roof 
water enters the cistern, making for a better and safer 
supply of water at the parsonage. 

Uniontown, Penna., Second. Brother Ralph Mills, Union- 
town pastor, writes that the W. M. S. had charge of the 
evening service on January 15th and that there was a fine 
attendance. Mrs. Harry Berkshire of Masontown, was the 
guest speaker, her subject being "Go Ye." 

Brother and Sister Ralph Mills recently became the par- 



ents of a nine pound son. Mrs. Mills is the daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. William Rohrer of St. James, Maryland. 

Louisville, Ohio. Word from Brother John Byler says 
that the Louisville church joined in the union Universal 
Week of Prayer. The services were in various churches 
of the community. The average attendance for the six 
nights of service was 165. Brother Byler preached in the 
Fairhope E. U. B. Church on Wednesday evening. The 
services were held in our church on Friday evening, Jan- 
uary 6th. 

Brother Byler tells us that he is to conduct a revival 
campaign in our Firestone Park Church, Akron, Ohio, be- 
ginning March 9th and continuing through the 19th. 

Waterloo, Iowa. The Waterloo Laymen had charge of 
the morning service on January 15th, with Mr. Keith Van 
Horn, Superintendent of the Schools at Jesup, Iowa, as 
the guest speaker, who spoke on the Christian Laymen's 
point of view. 

On Sunday evening, January 8th Miss Marie Hjelle 
showed a film which depicted the habits, customs and life 
of the Egyptian people. 

Berlin, Penna. We glean from the annual pastor's report 
of Brother Percy Miller, that the morning average attend- 
ance for the year was 157 and the evening average 99. The 
net gain in membership was six — 20 were added, but 14 
were lost either by letter or by death. 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park. Brother J. G. Dodds, Ak- 
ron pastor, says that the laymen recently built some very 
fine cupboards in the kitchen. Getting ready for the next 
District Laymen's meeting, no doubt. 

We note that on January 1st there were 84 in attendance 
at Sunday School. 

Nappanee, Indiana. We note that the Nappanee Laymen 
are having a chicken dinner on January 30th, to which all 
men of the church are invited. 

Brother Meyer says that every chair, except five in 
the front row, was occupied on Thursday evening, January 
12th, for the prayer service. 

The District Laymen will meet at the Nappanee Church 
on March 6th. 

Bryan, Ohio. In Brother E. J. Black's annual report we 
find the following very interesting figures: Average at- 
tendance — Sunday School, 226; Morning worship, 237; eve- 
ning, 125; Cradle Roll enrollment, 82; Junior church en- 
rollment, 122, with an average attendance of 80. 

Warsaw, Indiana. The Warsaw Church, under the direc- 
tion of Brother E. J. Beekley, is trying a "tithing experi- 
ment" during the last week in January, a week which has 
been set apart for the bringing the tithe to the church. 
We await anxiously the result. What might not the 
churches do if ALL tithed? 

Warsaw is still working to hold the line over the 200 
mark which they recently reached in their attendance 
drive. 

Loree-Mexico Circuit, Indiana. Brother Robert Higgins 
is holding a week of evangelism at the Mexico church, 
January 22 to 29. James Donaldson is in charge of the 
music. 

The Loree congregation recently dedicated a public ad- 
dress system, the installation of which was made possible 



JANUARY 28, 1950 



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by Gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Dunn and Mr. and 
Mrs. Lloyd Shrock. 

The Loree Annual Birthday Month Fellowship Supper 
and Program is scheduled for March 3rd. The Birthday 
Secretary is now gathering material for Loree's 1951 
Birthday Calendar. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother D. C. White announces 
the date of the Woman's Missionary Society Public Ser- 
vice as Sunday, February 19th. The speaker for the ser- 
vice will be Dr. L. O. McCartneysmith, pastor of our Lan- 
ark Church. 

Dayton, Ohio. Baptismal services were scheduled for the 
Dayton Church on Wednesday evening, January 25th. 

Brother Whetstone, Dayton pastor, announces that evan- 
gelistic meetings will be held in the Dayton church from 
March 19th through April 2nd. Rev. James H. Beahm of 
Brookville, Ohio, will be the preacher, and "Bud" Hunter 
of North Manchester, Indiana, will have charge of the 
song services. 

Roann, Indiana. We are recently in receipt of the Roann 
Church Directory, which were distributed by the pastor, 
Rev. J. F. Baldwin. We are glad for it. 

The Baldwins were the recipients of a fine electric cof- 
fee percolator set at an all-church social the latter part of 
December. There were 140 in attendance. 

The Roann choir recently gave a program over the 
Wabash, Indiana, Radio station. 

The Sunday School attendance at Roann is running near 
the 150 mark. 



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THE TEACHING OF CHRIST— NUMBER III 
Rev. John T. Byler 

OUR LAST STUDY had to do with some of Christ's 
teachings — especially as they related to God, to Him- 
self, and to the Holy Spirit. This time we are interested 
in seeing, very briefly, what He teaches concerning sal- 
vation, our present life, and the life to come. 

1. Christ's Teaching Concerning Salvation 

To begin with, Christ taught that man is a sinner and 
as such, he needs salvation. With Christ, sin was a real- 
ity — something that needed a remedy which man could 
not find in his own strength or ability. So — as God's chosen 
method for redeeming man and bringing him back to God, 
Christ proclaimed His message of salvation. But in order 
that this offer of salvation might be made sure, Christ 
taught man's need for repentance. As man comes in peni- 
tence to God, God offers forgiveness from sin, and sal- 
vation is made complete in Christ, who, Himself, was 
the Word of Life — man's only means of salvation. 

2. Christ's Teaching Concerning This Present Life 

About our present life, Jesus has several very definite 



suggestions. The Christian must do more than wear his 
Christianity "on his back" — or externally. In other words, 
Christianity is something that comes from the heart. Holy 
living is prompted by holy desires, and holy desires come 
only from a life that has been changed by the power of 
Christ. 

An old remedy for swearing or vulgar speech among 
children, has often been to wash out the mouth of the 
offender with soap. This is sn effective method of cleans- 
ing the mouth, but since the profanity had its origin in 
the heart and mind of the individual, it cannot be assured 
that this effort will prove to be a remedy against swear- 
ing. No more can we be certain that painting an old pump 
will assure us of pure water from the depths of the well 
which it serves. Christian character must be shaped from 
within, for, as Christ said, "As a man thinketh in his heart, 
so is he." 

One other interesting highlight from Christ concerning 
our present lives, is the fact that He teaches principles 
rather than rules. Unlike man under the old Jewish sys- 
tem, Christians are not required to observe strict regula- 
tions for every phase of life. (On the other hand, this does 
not give us liberty to disregard rules and regulations of 
common sense.) Rather, Christ give? us principles for holy 
living which are a sufficient guide for all phases of life. 
The business man, the minister, the teacher, the house- 
wife, the farmer — all can live according to Christ's only 
"Book of Rules" — the New Testament. All we need to do 
is to consider our problems in the light of the mind of 
Christ, as shown to us in His Word. 

3. Christ's Teaching Concerning the Life to Come 

Christ teaches that the life to come is the outgrowth of 
a life that has begun now. It is like the flowering forth 
of a beautiful blossom whose beginning has been in a seed. 
Victor Hugo once said that eternal life within him was 
like the change from a "tadpole to an archangel." 

Jesus, of course, is the only One who could give us any 
picture of the unseen world. And while the picture He has 
given us is certainly far from complete, it is sufficient to 
make us all aware of the fact that it is far better than 
anything we can ever expect in this life. His promises con- 
cerning the life to be are not only interesting, but they 
fill us with a desire to reach that place — where sin and 
death, where sorrow and suffering, and all other unpleas- 
antnesses shall cease. 

When man lives a life with no thought of the future, 
he is suddenly brought to a realization that after death, 
there is little else for him. One of the disciples expressed 
it well for us when he said, "To whom shall we go ? Thou 
hast the words of eternal life." And so, as Christians, 
we keep this ever before us. In Christ there is abundant 
life in a world yet to come — a world that is eternal. With- 
out Him, there is nothing. 

— Louisville, Ohio. 



I have long since ceased to pray, "Lord Jesus, have com- 
passion on a lost world." I remember the day and hour 
when I seemed to hear the Lord rebuking me for making 
such a prayer. He seemed to say to me, "I have had com- 
passion upon a lost world, and now it is time for you to 
have compassion; I have given my heart, now give your 
hearts." — A. J. Gordon. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topiei copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 



Topic for February 12, 1950 

YOUTH'S PART IN MEETING HUMAN NEEDS 

Scripture: Matthew 25:34-46; I Timothy 4:12 

For The Leader 

SOMEONE HAS SAID that the greatest used power in 
the world today is the power of youth. Somebody told 
that to Hitler. So he proceeded to train his youth into the 
greatest military machine the world has ever seen. Only 
the grace of God smashed that war machine of well trained 
young men, thus saving the world from destruction. Writers 
of the Bible recognized the youth power too, in the various 
words of scripture. "Remember now thy creator in the 
days of thy youth," "Let no man despise thy youth," 
"Train up a child," and many others, assert that youth 
is a power to be reckoned with. If Hitler could organize 
his youth into a destructive machine, how much good could 
we do if we would organize our youth into a power for 
good? Let's try to organize our lives and efforts to do 
some real good in gospel witnessing in our community. 

DISCUSSION 

1. YOUTH'S PRESENT TRAGEDY. In America today, 
youth has been sold out by their parents! We realize that 
right now a generation of young people are walking 
around, the products of the new theory of rearing children. 
That is, not to punish, nor inhibit the child. The child must 
be allowed full self-expression. And what a mess. Parents 
are slaves to their teen-agers. Children have little or no 
respect for their parnts. The final chapter in this tragedy 
will be written when these parents reach the age when 
they will need to depend on their children for support and 
care. The "little devils" will be too busy giving way to 
their own selfish desires to give a thought to "the old 
granny and her slobbery old man." The tragedy of youth 
is that they have not been taught to respect — God — prop- 
erty — rights of others — parents — anything. 

2. IT DOESN'T JUST HAPPEN. If rosy clouded vis- 
ionaries, even among adults, are inclined to think we are 
sadistic, let's go a little further. Take one instance for 
example which we believe backs up our point about an un- 
restrained youth today. We have all been appalled at the 
fact that automobile insurance companies have had to sub- 
stantially raise insurance rates on automobiles which are 
driven by teen-agers. Accident charts show that by far, 
more accidents and property damage result from teen-age 
drivers. Believe it or not, but just 20 years ago (a gen- 
eration ago, if you please) the teen-age group was con- 
sidered one of the safest age groups of drivers. (We, who 
were teen-agers then, were really proud of that record, 
too. ) What has caused the change ? Same old thing. "Don't 
restrain the child. Let him choose for himself. Let him 
make his own decisions." All this in contradiction to God's 
word which says, "Train up a child," "Honor thy father 
and mother," etc. 

3. TESTIMONY OF CHURCH LEADERS. Who is get- 



ting our youth? Church leaders in larger denominations 
than the Brethren have lamented the utter uselessness of 
planning youth programs and of doing special things for 
youth. Just recently we noted a comment of a minister in 
which he and his fellow ministers of the community la- 
mented the absence of young people in a week of union 
services. And every where you go it's "adults in the church 
services, adults in the prayer meeting, etc." Who has our 
youth? The movies, the school dances, the drinking par- 
ties. Recently a police raid in Washington, D. C. discov- 
ered, and arrested 171 young people on a Saturday night in 
a hotel. From the drinking lounge in the hotel these young 
people could rent rooms at from $2.00 to $4.00 a room, 
needing neither baggage nor registration. This could be 
multiplied thousands of times under varying circumstances 
all over America. Unrestrained youth! 

4. WHAT YOUTH CAN DO. You may think we missed 
the point in tonight's topic, but wait! We have pictured 
what we have to show you that all this talk about youth 
helping to build a better America and to help humanity, 
really has some serious problems back of it. Worldly youth 
is certainly organized for the Devil. Now, let us who pro- 
fess to love the Lord and attend church, come to attention, 
and get some marching orders in the army of Christian 
soldiers. First, we must separate ourselves from the lusts 
which war against the soul. God can't use us to help in 
His work if we are all mixed up with worldly things. Sec- 
ond, we must trust in Christ for strength. We must pray 
daily for power and guidance to know His will. Third, we 
must put our church first. It is a threadbare excuse that 
young people give that they can't help in the church be- 
cause they have to go to a school practice. Last, there 
are many fields of service at home and elsewhere where 
we can help. 

5. WHAT PARENTS AND CHURCH LEADERS CAN 
DO. This is a very grave problem. It is said of some 
churches that no young person should ever get into an 
office in that church. Others have an open eye to giving 
youth a chance. Many others would give youth more of a 
chance if youth would show themselves dependable. One 
Sunday School, after years of having a dependable adult 
as Superintendent, did, at the elder man's request, put a 
promising young man in his place. All went well for three 
Sundays, and then, bang! the fourth Sunday, no Superin- 
tendent, and provision for the Assistant. From then on 
out the School did not know whether or not the young 
man was going to be there. The next election, our faithful 
elderly gentleman was put back in. So, as we say, there 
are grave problems. But youth must have a place in our 
churches, parents. In giving them places to serve, we must 
also advise, train, correct, insist on faithfulness, and also 
we must pray for them. As in a home where love reigns, 
so in a church, this happy balance of youth versus adults 
can peacefully be worked out. Enough to say that for any 
young person who wants a place in the church, and who is 
willing to forsake the worl'd, and willing to be faithful, 
there is a place and a work for you to do. There are con- 
ditions, but when the conditions are met, a place is also 
available. 

QUESTIONS 

For your own real good, do you think your parents were 
more fair to you when they were lenient with you, or 
whenever they "laid down the law?" How do you think 
children should be reared? 



JANUARY 28, 1950 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



'rayer meeting 
Studies 

By C. 1. ^j timer 




THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS 

I Timothy 3:16 — Centenary Translation 
God, in flesh, was manifested, 
In the Spirit was attested; 
By the angels was beholden; 
Among the Gentiles was heralded; 
In the world believed upon; 
And into glory taken up. 

I Timothy 3:16: "Without controversy great is the mys- 
tery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified 
in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, 
believed on in the world, received up into glory." 

THIS IS REGARDED as a "chorus" sung by the early 
Christians. No chorus is more inclusive of Christian 
doctrine. There is to be no "controversy" here. The par- 
ticular word, "great," is used only eight times in the New 
Testament. Great is the "mystery" of the plan of salva- 
tion. The word, "mystery," refers to the things of the 
Spirit which the unregenerate cannot know (1 Cor. 2:14). 
It is revealed even unto spiritual "babes" (Luke 10:21). 
Our religion came from Heaven. Other religions came 
from men. The wondrous facts and cardinal tenets of 
our belief are revealed truths unto us, but mysteries unto 
the unsaved (Luke 8:10i). In fact, we are the stewards of 
the mysteries of God (1 Cor. 4:1). "Great are the revealed 
truths of our Christian faith." Paul speaks of this "mys- 
tery" in Colossians 1:26, 27; 4:3. In Ephesians 5:22-32 he 
speaks of the great mystery of Christ and the Church. 
The worldly wise have always spoken of these things as 
"foolishness" and "superstition." But to the saved they 
are the hope of the soul (Heb. 6:19). 

Everything said in the text pertains to the person of 
Christ. He was God "manifest in the flesh." The pre-ex- 
istent Christ (John 1:1-3) was "made flesh" (v. 14). Also 
read Col. 1:15-17. The manifestation of God in the flesh 
was the greatest event in the world. The initial love of 
God — reciprocal only on our part — brought Him down 
from Heaven (John 6:38; 2 Cor. 5:19; Phil. 2:5-11). Both 
Testaments tell how God came down from Heaven (Isa. 
7:14; Gal. 4:4). 

He was "justified in the Spirit." That is, He was sinless 
(1 Peter 2:22; Heb. 4:15; John 18:38; 19:4, 6). Also, the 
Holy Spirit declared Him to be the Son of God (John 1:32- 
34; Heb. 9:14). He had the Holy Spirit without measure 
(John 3:34). The Holy Spirit justified Him because the 
Comforter came as promised (John 14:26). The Holy Spirit 
works as the Saviour had promised that He would (John 
16:8). 

He was "seen" or recognized by angels while in His 
flesh (1 Peter 1:12). Angels announced His coming to 
Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. Even fallen angels knew 
Him (Matt. 8:29). 

He was "preached unto the Gentiles." We are obligated 



to make Him known to "every creature" (Mark 16:15). 
The angel's "good tidings of great joy . . . shall be to ALL 
people (Luke 2:10). This religion allows no rivals (Acts 
4:12). He is "believed on in the world" (John 3:16; Luke 
13:29). He was "received up into glory" as predicted in 
Psalm 24:7-10. Apart from Christ there is no hope for 
God "hath committed all things into His hands" (John 
3:35, 36). 

Hymn: "One Day!" 

Prayers 




(Comments on the Lesson by the Cditor 

Lesson for February 12, 1950 

THE GOSPEL MOVES WESTWARD 

Lesson: Acts 13:4-5; 14:1-3, 19-23 

THERE IS A REASON for the advance of the Gospel 
westward and that reason is found in the very first 
verse of our printed text. It says, "So they, being sent 
forth by the Holy Ghost ..." 

No project of any worth that has to do with the advance 
of the Lord's work can gain much headway unless it is 
under the leading of the Holy Spirit. Prayer and medita- 
tion presupposes that the one that is praying and medi- 
tating realizes the presence and power of the Spirit to 
become the leader and guide. Then Jesus gave the promise 
of the coming of the Spirit into the hearts of men, He 
said, "When he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will gujde 
you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but 
whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak ..." (John 
16:13). 

Having prayed for guidance and having received the call 
by the laying on of hands, how could these men, Barnabas 
and Saul, doubt that they were being led upon this first 
missionary journey by the direct power and will of the 
Holy Spirit? 

Neither should it be thought strange that they should 
sail for Cyprus, the homeland of Barnabas. For where 
could there be a better place to start than in the home 
surroundings of one of the missionary party? They would 
know Barnabas for what he really was. Someone has said, 
"It was the practice of Jesus to direct the saved to go to 
those who knew them in their sin and witness to their 
salvation." In Mark 5:19-20 we find Jesus saying to the 
Gadarene demoniac, that He had freed from the power of 
the evil spirits, and who was anxious to follow Jesus where 
He was going, "Go home to thy friends, and tell them 
how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath 
had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to 
publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for 
him: and all men did marvel." 

We get a fine view of how Saul and Barnabas worked. 
At Salamis and at Paphos, one city at one end of the 
Island of Cyprus and the other city at the other end to 



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the west, they "preached the word of God in the syna- 
gogues of the Jews." Result? "A great multitude of both 
the Jews and also of the Greeks believed." 

But, as usual, when the work of God is being accom- 
plished in any appreciable manner, the forces of evil are 
stirred up. So desperate did they become that they stoned 
Saul and dragged him outside the city as dead. But "he 
rose up, and came into the city." (14:20). 

But what differeince what the persecutions be as long 
as God leads and controls. He had chosen Saul as a defi- 
nite apostle to the Gentiles and the work must be accom- 
plished — under the power of God; and Saul had not yet 
accomplished that for which he had been chosen. And so, 
under the direct intervention of God, the Gospel continued 
its "March Westward." 

Perga, Antioch in Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra, Derbe — 
then back again over the same route "confirming the souls 
of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the 
faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter 
into the kingdom of God" (14:22). 

But Saul and Barnabas were not content to just leave 
them shepherdless, for we find in the closing verse of our 
printed text (14:23) these words, "And when they had or- 
dained them elders in every church, and had prayed with 
fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they 
believed." 

All in all it had not been a joyous journey, physically 
speaking, but it had proved to these Spirit-sent and Spirit- 
filled missionaries that the people, both Jews and Gen- 
tiles, were receptive to the great Gospel message. 

It is always thus. Wherever the Gospel is truly and 
courageously preached the movement is "westward" — souls 
are saved out from among the world of sin and despair. 
Just now the church needs to think in terms of mission- 
aries to the west — Japan and the islands of the sea. The 
Gospel will do more to stem the tide and menace of Com- 
munism than all the armies that can be thrown against it. 
(Read the article in this issue titled, "The American 
Bible Society Plans Ahead." It will give you a clear rea- 
son for the interest we should show right now in Japan. ) 




RITCHIE. John W. Ritchie was killed in truck accident 
on January 8, 1950. He was just thirty years of age. Left 
to mourn his going is his wife, Arbutus and three sons. 
Funeral in charge of Rev. John T. Click and the writer at 
the Mt. Olive, Virginia, Brethren Church. Interment in 
McGaheysville Cemetery. 

John F. Locke. 

COLLIER. Glenn F. Collier, son of the late Charles L. 
and Sue Showalter, and one of the finest gentlemen in 
Rockingham County, Virginia, was born at Penn Laird' 
on January 12, 1899, and departed this life on November 
21, 1949. He had been a member of the Mt. Olive Brethren 



Church from childhood, being one of its most liberal con- 
tributors. For the past twenty years he was an employee 
of the Harrisonburg, Virginia, post office. The funeral 
services were held in the church on Thanksgiving morn- 
ing. The Men's Quartet of the Mill Creek Church of the 
Brethren rendered appropriate music. The undersigned 
was assisted by Dr. Earl M. Bowman, pastor of the Har- 
risonburg Church of the Brethren, and Elder C. E. Long, 
of the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, a long time 
friend of the family. He is survived by his wife; one son, 
Glenn F. Jr.; three sisters: Mrs. Ona Michael, Mrs. Nel- 
lie Anthony and Mrs. Ethel Spereau; and one brother, 
Ralph. Interment was in the McGaheysville cemetery. 

John F. Locke. 



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AKRON, INDIANA, COOPERATIVE 

The work in the Akron Cooperative Brethren Church is 
progressing. A constant and general increase in attend- 
ance, interest and new members is being experienced. A 
new roof was placed on the building this past summer and 
the ceiling lowered, with an arch effect. The interior has 
been entirely redecorated. A new hardwood floor is planned 
for the immediate future. Many other lesser improvements 
have been made. We do not forget that Jesus said, "With- 
out me ye can do nothing." 

Arthur H. Tinkel, pastor. 



HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND 

As we enter into the new year of 1950, we would like 
to report some of the activities of our Church during the 
past months. The Brethren here are advancing with a 
confident and sure step, always seeking new and improved 
methods of extending the Gospel to more people. With the 
willingness to work that we have discovered here, the ac- 
complishments have their own explanation. 

On December 4th nine were received into membership 
of the Church, having been baptized the previous week. 
Three of these were young people, and six of the young 
married group. This brings the number to twelve that 
have been received into Church membership during our 
ministry here. 

At our October congregational meeting, M. Braden 
Ridenour was elected a Deacon to fill the vacancy created 
by the death of T. W. Fahrney. An impressive Service of 
Ordination was held for him at the Sunday morning Wor- 
ship Service on November 4th. 



JANUARY 28, 1950 



PAGE FIFTEEN 



Two hundred and forty-six observed our Fall Commun- 
ion. We are always glad to have several of our Brethren 
friends from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, to partake in this 
service with us. 

Our Church was host to the Laymen of our Southeast- 
ern District on October 21st. Most of the Churches sent 
a good representation. The speaker of the evening was 
Dr. Paul Robinson of our neighboring Church of the Breth- 
ren. 

A bus was chartered from our city to take the ladies of 
our W. M. S. and the St. James Society to the W. M. S. 
Rally at Washington, D. C. in October. 

The interest in the Church on the part of the Young 
People is very evident. Ten of them are regular members 
of the Adult Choir. Twenty-five of them attended Camp 
Pinnacles, our District Camp, last July. Representatives 
were sent to the youth Rally in Cumberland, Maryland, 
in November. Nearly one hundred children and young peo- 
ple took part in our recent Christmas program. This was 
an inspirational sight to all who attended. Now they are 
anticipating Youth Week, the highlight of which will be 
Sunday, January 29th, when Brother John Locke of Maur- 
ertown, Virginia, and the Ashland College Quartet will 
be with us. 

Another highlight of last year was the Dedication of 
seventeen babies. The parents with their babies made a 
beautiful picture as they stood around the altar, taking 
part in this service. 

During the Christmas season over six hundred students 
and teachers from the Antietam Grade School came to our 
Church in two groups for a Christmas Worship Service. 
This was continuing the practice started by Rev. N. V. 
Leatherman when he was pastor here. 

The Brethren here really enjoy "Family Night." We 
had one in November and another on New Year's Eve, 
with capacity crowds. After a "Favorite Dish" supper, the 
programs included numbers and stunts by the Sunday 
School classes and organizations and religious travelogue 
and comic movies. 

Among other items, our Church has purchased a movie 
projector, illuminated out-door Bulletin Board, baptismal 
equipment for the pastor, and refinished the floors of the 
Social Rooms. At present they are buying new folding 
chairs for the Adult and Youth departments of the Church 
School. The Ladies' Aid added a new G. E. refrigerator 
and serving carts to the Church kitchen and a desk chair 
for the pastor's study, besides other gifts to the Church 
work. 

When the Emergency came to Ashland College we were 
glad to do our part by contributing over $2,000.00 to that 
Fund. 

Our Church School attendance averages well over 200, 
with all officers and teachers cooperating and working 
to raise our standards of teaching and participation. 

Our Church finds real value in working with the coop- 
erating 1 churches of the community. Just recently we par- 
ticipated in the Religious Census of Hagerstown and 
Washington County. All faiths, Protestant, Catholic and 
Jews cooperated and completed one of the most thorough 
enrollments of the community that could be made. It was 
an inspiring sight to see more than 2,000 men and women 
taking this census on Sunday afternoon, December 4th. 
As soon as we receive the cards from this, we will begin 



an intensive effort to contact those who are looking to our 
Church. 

Our great goal is to give people a constructive, creative 
relationship with Christ and the Church. The Lord has 
been good to us all and we are very thankful. 

James E. Ault, pastor. 



MAURERTOWN, VIRGINIA 

As we write this in the middle of January the weather 
man has kept up his fine work and we are and have been 
enjoying Florida weather. This has conduced to fine at- 
tendance at Sunday School and worship services. But even 
when things do get rather nasty the folks still keep on 
coming. This was evidenced at our Christmas program eve- 
ning, December 26, when in spite of a heavy downpour of 
rain most of tiie afternoon and all evening things went 
on without much let down in attendance. But that is put- 
ting last things first, in that things prior to Christian time 
should have precedence in our report. 

After our well conducted and successful D. V. B. S., we 
had General Conference in our minds. Several from this 
church were in attendance and we surely enjoyed it all, 
especially the fellowship with those whom we have learned 
to know and love for years. Some we met there we can- 
not meet at conference again. ,But their memory will linger 
with us. Then following conference we were back on the 
job with the usual Sunday work and visitation of all kinds 
during the week days. On Sundays the pastor here has 
three worship services on three Sundays of each month and 
two on the other one or two Sundays. With that he teaches 
a very fine Bible class of men and that really makes a 
full Sunday. On the third Sunday of September, along 
with the good wife and two men of the church, we jour- 
neyed to Cumberland where we had part in the rededica- 
tion service following a fine redecoration of their church 
house. Again the fellowship and opportunity to serve were 
enjoyed. The writer brought two messages on this occa- 
sion. 

Next came Rally Day and we rallied. On the first Sunday 
of each month the Sunday School has been lifting a spe- 
cial offering toward a new enterprise among us. We are 
planning an addition to our present quarters to better 
house the Sunday School, and also serve in other ways. 
This work will very likely commence in early spring. So 
we will be busy this coming spring and summer in many 
ways. We have been helping others quite well for these 
many years and now we MUST do something for our own 
work. The church house needs renovating and that is in 
the book too. 

Our Fall Communion service held always on the third 
Sunday of October, was very well attended, for folks here 
DO attend Communion service. Thanksgiving season was 
just that with us. We had the usual service on the eve- 
ning of that day, and lifted our Home Missions offering 
the Sunday following. The month of December found us 
in preparation for the Day of Days and its proper cele- 
bration. The Sunday School folks put on a program as 
noted in the beginning of this article and it was enjoyed 
by all. And the advent of the New Year was properly 
noted in services fitting to that occasion. So we have 
brought you quite up to date with our doings. 



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Other items of more than ordinary interest are the elec- 
tion and ordination of deacons. At the October business 
meeting Dr. L. G. Locke, brother of our fellow elder, John 
F. Locke, was elected to the deaconate and ordained on 
the morning of the third Sunday of that month, just in 
time to assist in celebrating the Communion service of 
that day. Then at the recent January business meeting we 
elected Brother Ott Rickard to that same spiritual office. 
He will be ordained at an early date. These are two :ane 
young men and fine sons of the Maurertown church. We 
bespeak a long term of service for both of them. 

Now we are readying ourselves for the Lenten season and 
Holy Week. A week of services will be conducted 'twixt 
Palm Sunday and the glorious Easter Day. Following that 
the writer expects to spend two weeks with the folks of 
the Cumberland church in a series of evangelistic meet- 
ings. So our work is cut out for us. All we need is your 
prayers and those of all God's people and the strength 
to carry on and do all in our power to win souls to Him 
and to help make the church in this place and in every 
place what God would have it to be. We would unite in 
the movement now on among the denominations to get 



folks back to church as well as to get the unchurched to 
accept our Lord and Master. 

Having already reported the celebration of the twenty- 
fifth anniversary of our pastorate in this place and also 
the meetings held recently at Bryan, Ohio, we merely note 
the facts again. 

Our W. M. S. and S. M. M. societies are awake and hold 
meetings regularly. Both held their public meetings while 
the pastor was absent for the Bryan meetings. This kept 
things going and that is a big help. Both of these groups 
are planning bandage rollings in the near future and also 
other things that are for the good of the church and other 
fields of Christian endeavor outside the local church field. 
God prosper these good ladies in their efforts. 

Knowing that this letter is already too long, but hoping 
that the leader will forgive that and note only that we are 
merely trying to let folks know that we are still a church 
group working and praying for better things for our world, 
we close with a promise to remember you in our prayers 
and asking that you do the same for us. God's blessings 
on all His beloved. 

E. L. Miller, pastor. 



WHERE TO SEND YOUR OFFERINGS 

So much confusion has resulted in the sending of offerings, with checks made out 
to the wrong person or Board, that we are again printing the list of the places to send 
the offerings, together with the way to make the checks or money orders. When checks 
are sent, for instance, to the Brethren Publishing Company, for an offering for Ash- 
land College, (as has been done in just recent months) or to the Missionary Board 
for the White Gift Offering, this makes confusion in the bookkeeping of each .Board. 
So all the Boards join in asking that the ones who send in these offerings take note 
of the following: 

SEND ALL MISSIONARY OFFERINGS TO: 

The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, 
524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 
Make checks payable to: The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church. 

SEND YOUR WHITE GIFT OFFERINGS TO: 
Dean M. A. Stuckey, Treasurer, 

523 Samaritan Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 

Make checks payable to: The National Sunday School Associatoin. 

SEND ALL PUBLICATION DAY OFFERINGS AND PRESS" FUND GIFTS TO: 
The Brethren Publishing Company, 

524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 

Make checks payable to: The Brethren Publishing Company. 

SEND ALL BENEVOLENT OFFERINGS TO: 
Rev. L. V. King, Treasurer 
1101 Middlebury Street, Elkhart, Indiana 

Make checks payable to: L. V. King, Treasurer 
SEND ALL ASHLAND COLLEGE OFFERINGS TO: 
Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio 
Make checks payable to: Ashland College. 




The IZetired TPreacher 



Grace Sayre 



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.ECALLING now his early pulpit days, 

He sits in an uncertain restlessness. 
Unconsciously he gestures with each phrase. 

His aging body lets his mind digress 
From saintly paths of thought. He bows his head 

To shade his fading eyes. A wandering dream 
Calls to his mind the shadows of the dead. 

He thinks of Ellen — hoiv the sun's bright gleam 
Of golden light upon her lovely hair 

Had warmed his heart. Now he is not quite sure 
If all this gold that lights the window there 

Is Ellen's halo or a gold more pure — 
A glimpse of heaven he has known so long 

Would be like this — when he had come to be 
A part of its celestial flow of song. 

He wakens with a start . . . now where was he? 
The congregation rises to its feet. 

The organ peals its farewell note of joy, 
The people sing: "Around the mercy-seat, 

Let men and angels now their tongues employ!" 



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Items of general Interest 



Fair Haven, Ohio. We received the following to be 
placed in this column from someone in the Fair Haven 
congregation. The name was not signed. 

"The trustees had the church redecorated recently and 
the church has set February 6th for their Fellowship Fam- 
ily night, with a covered dish supper at the 7:00 o'clock 
hour, the meal to be followed by a well planned program. 

"The W. M. S. will meet at the home of Mrs. Harry 
Gindlesberger for an all-day meeting on Thursday, Feb- 
ruary 9th. 

"The S. M. M. will hold their public service around Eas- 
ter time. 

"The Northeastern Ohio Laymen held a Rally at our 
church on Tuesday evening, January 10th, with an address 
by Rev. Carl Elder of the Jackson Presbyterian Church. 
The Fair Haven W. M. S. served the evening meal to 
about ninety laymen who were in attendance. 

"Our pastor, Rev. J. D. Hamel, is doing a fine work in 
our church. 

"Our Youth have been having a good attendance at their 
Christian Fellowship meetings." 

Washington, D. C. We note that the churches of Wash- 
ington are getting ready for a religious census, which no 
doubt, is in progress as you read these notes. Our church 
has been assigned the territory in the communtiy in which 
our church is situated. 

The Christian Endeavorers enjoyed a "big party" at the 
church on Friday evening, January 27th. 

The men of the church are doing much work in getting 
the "little things" in shape in this new church. Recently 



they put warm air ducts into three of the •class rooms. 
Some trees were also cut down by the Pilot's class and 
they had a "Stump Party" one Saturday afternoon. 

We also glean from the recent bulletin that seven people 
made the good confession and that the attendance at the 
church services is growing constantly. 

Another "Cash Day" is coming up. We note that again 
they are asking for the usual amount of $1,250.00. 

Waterloo, Iowa. The Guest speaker for Sunday, Janu- 
ary 22nd, at the Waterloo church was Major Herbert 
Smith. The evening service was made up of a hymn sing 
of older hymns by the choir, in which the congregation 
joined 

Brother Spencer Gentle and family left Ashland early 
on Monday morning, January 30th, for their trek to Wa- 
terloo, where Brother Gentle will assume the pastorate 
of that church, bringing his opening message on Sunday, 
February 5th. 

Stockton, Calif. We quote two paragraphs from Brother 
Johnson's bulletin of January 22nd. 

"Glad to report that some progress has been made of 
late looking forward to a new church building. 

"In a recent communication from Ashland, Ohio, we 
are informed that Rev. Charles Munson, National Youth 
Director, will be with us for our District Conference. 
Dates of the conference will be announced later." 

St. James, Maryland. Word from Brother Roy H. Low- 
ery gives us the following concerning the Boys' Brother- 
hood Public Service: 

"There were sixty-six present at the Brotherhood pub- 
lic service on January 22nd, at the evening hour, and a 
fine offering was lifted for the Brethren Youth AMOR 
project to aid in the starting of a Brethren Bible Train- 
ing School in South America. John Mills is president of 
the local Boys' Brotherhood. He is a brother of Rev. Ralph 
Mills, pastor of our Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Second 
Church, and is a very devout Christian worker, and with 
a little encouragement will be a likely prospect for the 
Brethren ministry." 

Meyersdale, Penna. The Woman's Missionary Society 
had charge of the morning service on Sunday, January 
29th, when they presented their public program. Mrs. 
Robert M. Earle was the guest speaker. 

Brother W. S. Benshoff, pastor, says that Brother E. 
M. Riddle, who recently spoke at Meyersdale, "gave us 
two very inspiring messages." 

Johnstown, Penna., Second. We are glad to report that 
our latest word from Brother Leatherman is that he is 
very much improved. 

On January 15th, at the evening hour, the church en- 
joyed a special "piece of gospel music, furnished by Sis- 
ter H. C. Hostetler in honor and memory of her husband, 
the father, the grandfather and the great grandfather of 
a goodly percentage of our church membership." 

We note that Brother Leatherman has received and ac- 
cepted a unanimous call to the Second Church for another 
two year tenure of the pastorate. 

A Teachers' Training Class will soon be organized in 
the church. 

(Continued on Page 10) 



FEBRUARY 4, 1950 



PAGE THREE 




CONCRETING THE ABSTRACT 

WHEN PAUL SAT DOWN and wrote his Letter to the 
Galatians, he was endeavoring to lead them away 
from error and restore their faith. It seemed difficult for 
them, as early Christians, to realize that they were living 
under a new dspensation. They clung with somewhat of a 
seeming urgency to the old ways, the old laws of Moses 
and did not grasp the full significance of the Christian 
way of life. 

We meet some elements of real living in the twenty- 
second verse of the fifth chapter of this most interesting 
letter. After telling them how the "works of the flesh" 
are manifest (verses 19-21). Paul says, "But the fruit of 
the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering ..." 

Have you ever noticed that these terms, for the most 
part, are abstract terms — terms that cannot be touched 
or handled. Not one of us has ever touched or held love, 
nor joy, nor peace, nor longsuffering. Yet each one of 
these attributes of Christian living is an integral part of 
the life of a sincere follower of the Lord. Each of these 
terms is an abstract until one finds its meaning in concrete 
experiences of life. 

For example, I know love by having experienced its 
wonders and values in my life. No one can comprehend 
what the love of a father or a mother for a child is until 
he or she has experienced it. No one can realize the joy 
of salvation from sin until he has experienced the radical 
change that has come to him with the acceptance of Jesus 
Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. No one can know 
real and lasting peace until he has experienced that "peace 
which passeth human understanding," and has heard his 
Lord say unto him, "My peace I give unto thee; not as 
the world give I unto thee." No individual can say he 
knows what longsuffering means until he has experienced 
the persecutions, without retaliation, which the Christian 
must bear. 

Those who have never experienced the realities of Chris- 
' tian, living, look with wonderment, and oftentimes with 
disdain, upon those who would separate themselves from 
the world. They find it most difficult to see how any one 
can possibly have any pleasure at all aside from indulg- 
ing in the things of the world. But the common experi- 
ence of all those who are finally brought "out of darkness 
into the marvelous light" of Christ's presence, becomes a 
wonderment of why they were so blind, and the realization 
of an experienced love, the joy of unbounded pleasure, the 
peace of God which is everlasting, and the true satisfac- 
tion of longsuffering. 

It is in making the abstract terms of life meaningful, 
real and concrete that our trust and faith in God is brought 
to full fruition. It will teach us full trust in the Lord for 
all things. 

Someone has said, "Looking ahead to the results, to 
the consequences, will help in the making of decisions. 



This does not mean that you should worry, nor that you 
should feel rebellious against events that are beyond your 
control." 

Two women were recently heard talking about their 
teen-age sons. Both seemed to be away at school. Each 
mother appeared to be trying to impress upon the other 
(or maybe upon those who were nearby who could hear 
the conversation) the necessity of "trusting in the Lord 
for all things." The conversation ran like this. "Of course, 
you. know that I trust the Lord; but I worry all the time 
about what i, happening to my boy, where he is, and what 
he is doing — but, of course, I trust in the Lord." The other 
replied, "Well, you know that I trust the Lord, too. But 1 
am worrying all the time about my boy too. But I wouldn't 
have you think for one minute I don't trust in the Lord 
for all things and that He will keep him safe." From that 
conversation (and it is not just a story, but a bonafide 
recounting of the conversation) would you think that these 
two women were really "trusting the Lord?" They had not 
concreted the abstract. 

How much better the entire Christian church would be if 
we would learn that our God is not a God of abstract terms, 
but one of definite, concrete attitudes which are shown to 
the world by the way we live and move and have our be- 
ing in Him. 

Think it over! 

Office Gleanings 

By The Editor 

MORE PUBLICATION DAY OFFERINGS 

Scarcely a mail comes in now that some Publication Day 
Offerings are to be found in it. The following have been 
tabulated since our last week's report: 
Columbus, Ohio, Cooperative Brethren Church ....$ 5.00 
Mrs. Maggie Bell Coons, Washington C. H., Ohio 

(Fairview) 1.50 

F. S. Beeghly, Ventura, Calif 20.00 

Mrs. Mary E. Smith, Ventura, Calif 20.00 

(Akron Firestone Park) 5.00 

Sadie Fauss, Jersey City, N. J. (Sergean.sville) ... 1.00 
Mrs. Ida Himiller, Washington C. H., Ohio (Fairview) 2.00 

I. E. Metzler, Redstone, Montana (Goshen) 1.00 

Mrs. Alfred Zook, Phoenix, Arizona, (Nappanee) .. .2.00 

Mada Turvy, London, Ohio (Fairview) 1.00 

Henry Sherry, New Castle, Indiana (Oakville) .... 5.00 

S. C. Flickinger, Morrill, Kansas 20.00 

Dr, E. B. Miller, Manistee, Mich. (Valley 

Brethren, Pa.) 5.00 

Mrs. Lena Hoover, Mansfield, Ohio (Ashland) 2.50 

First Brethren Church, Udell, Iowa, (Church) 8.25 

H. B. Spring, Udell, Iowa 2.00 

North Liberty, Indiana, (Church) 89.91 

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Obley, Hiawatha, Kans. (Hamlin) 2.00 



'AGE FOUR 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Td&m *)& ^evtevoleaee *Hot ^eetevolenee? 



Fred C. Vanator, President Benevolent Board 



HOW MANY OF YOU have been thinking in terms that 
that would make our Benevolent Offering each year 
simply a matter of giving to "charity." That seems to be 
the way it is generally thought of by far too many peo- 
ple. But that is exactly what the yearly Benevolent Offer- 
ing of the Brethren Church IS NOT! In fact, it is any- 
thing but that. It is the meeting of an obligation long past 
due. It might be called the paying of redemptive interest 
on a loan to the Lord. For it is the taking care, in this 
"offering manner," of an obligation that should have been 
cared for in a far different manner in times past. 

Take for example, the matter of the Retired Ministers' 
Fund. Long years ago the church should have taken care 
of this in a far different manner — a pension fund should 
have been established many years ago. Thus the entire 
matter of retirement would have been taken care of in a 
very satisfactory manner. In fact, one of the recommenda- 
tions which came out of the last General Conference was 
the setting up of a retirement fund for all employees of 
the church, namely, ministers, missionaries, salaried board 
employees, publishing house and college employees, etc. 
Now this is a fine forward-looking objective, but one that 
will not, and cannot, be accomplished short of a number 
of years ahead. Even if this plan should become an accom- 
plished fact, yet there remains the intervening years when 
the same methods of support now in effect must be ad- 
hered to. 

We owe a debt to what has been, and still is, in many 
cases, an underpaid ministry. No minister, who remains 
within the confines of the ministry proper, with every en- 
ergy given to the conduct of his pastorate, can hope, upon 
the salary received, to lay by very much of this world's 
goods with which to see him through the declining years 
of his life. He has spent both his income and his energy 
to forward the work of the church which he has served. 
Therefore he comes to the time of retirement, either be- 
cause of his age or his disability, with little or no sur- 
plus which he can use to enable him to live with at least 
a semblance of comfort in his retirement. So, to the end 
that he, and his wife, after his departure (-if such remain) 
may have added to their income, if any be coming from 
other sources, a small stipend is provided through the Re- 
tirement Fund of the Brethren Benevolent Board, which 
fund is contributed by the churches and by individuals 
who are isolated from their churches. 

Thus far these offerings, supplemented by bequests and 
special gifts, have been sufficient to cover our list of re- 
cipients. But the time is sure to come when additional 
names will have to be listed, of those who by the service 
they have rendered to the church, will be entitled to the 
monthly check from our Board Treasurer. 

The appropriations for the support or pension (and 
again I want to call your attention to the fact that this 
is not a gift of charity, but the payment of a debt which 
the church rightly owes), these appropriations are made 
by the .Benevolent Board at their meeting at the time of 
General Conference each year. The fund is in such a con- 



dition that the Board only appropriates an amount equal 
to the monies in the Retirement Fund at the close of the 
Conference year, withholding enough of this to cover any 
emergency which might arise during the year. (We have 
had that condition arise.) Thus we can say to each minis- 
ter or widow of a minister, receiving the monthly check, 

"You have been appropriated the sum of $ monthly 

for the coming conference year, and we can assure you 
that the above named monthly check will come to you 
regularly during the year before you." 

We have been able to send monthly checks to the minis- 
ters who have qualified for the full amount, in the sum 
of $45.00, and to the widows of ministers the sum of 
$25.00, each and every month during the past few years. 
Whether this amount shall remain at this figure, or be 
increased to the maximum of $50.00 for ministers, or be 
decreased proportionately, all remains in the hands of those 
who contribute to this offering. These people are depend- 
ing on you. 

Now let's turn to the Brethren's Home. This, too, is both 
a financial and a moral obligation of the church. When the 
General Conference of the Brethren Church accepted the 
gift of land and funds to build the Brethren's Home at 
Flora, Indiana, it accepted the obligation, not alone to the 
people who should become residents of the Home, but like- 
wise an obligation to the State as well. Remembering that 
the Board is an incorporated body, under the laws of the 
State of Ohio, and that this corporation is registered to 
operate in the State of Indiana, and that we are under 
the constant inspection of both the Fire and Health De- 
partments of the State of Indiana, you can readily see 
that this Home is not merely just another ami of the Gen- 
eral Church, but a very definite ward of the entire 
Brotherhood. The General Conference of the church elects 
the members of the Board; they, in turn, organize by 
electing officers of the Board, in order that the business 
may be conducted legally in a manner satisfactory to both 
the church and the state. While the board is, in a measure, 
responsible for the Home and its management, yet in the 
end the entire membership of the church is co-responsible 
with them. 

We need recall that contracts are signed by the ones 
who are received as resident members in the Home. Usual- 
ly a specific sum of money is deposited with the Board, 
either by the individual or by someone who acts for the 
individual. By the signing of that contract by the officers 
of the .Benevolent Board, the one becoming a resident of 
the Home has a legal, as well as a moral right, to expect 
and even demand, that the items of the contract be car- 
ried out in full. And we must do it! 

That's why your Board is so insistent that this Benevo- 
lent Offering he large each year. The Home MUST be 
kept up — we have no other recourse, even if we wanted 
not so to do. The church at large has been quite liberal, 
in a manner of speaking, the past few years. Yet when 
we realize that in round figures the churches' offerings 
last year were $7,000.00 and that taking the membership 



FEBRUARY 4, 1950 



PAGE FIVE 



of the Brotherhood to be about 18,000 in round numbers, 
we averaged just a fraction over the munificent sum of just 
slightly over thirty-nine cents each for BOTH THE RE- 
TIRED MINISTERS' FUND AND THE BRETHREN'S 
HOME. 

As you read this, are you not just the least bit ashamed 
of the average gifts? 

Someone has said, "Indifference is about the only thing 
capable of freezing the milk of human kindness." And 
Justinian once said, "Justice is the constant desire to 
render to every man his due." These two phases of giving 
about cover the above matter, as we think about it. After 
all, all that is expected of each member of the church is 
that they do the best they can. 



Beneficence 

By E. M. Riddle, Secretary Benevolence Board 

THE LIFE of our Redeemer was distinguished by vast 
beneficence. His love was literally universal, and His 
acts of goodness were correspondent. This spirit was all 
dictated by plain, practical truth; therefore His benevo- 
lence was real, useful and profitable to mankind. He went 
about doing good; healing all manner of diseases, etc. His 
conduct was governed by the principle, "It is more blessed 
to give than to receive!" He did not satisfy Himself with 
lamenting the distress of men, and teaching others to re- 
lieve them. 

Jesus became the example, which ought to be constant- 
ly studied and imitated. How little most folks have done 
about it! Imitation of Christ is not optional but authori- 
tative (I John 2:6; John 13:15; 12:26)— And if this author- 
ity be regarded, it will be a convincing proof of true Chris- 
tian discipleship. The example of Christ is not merely a 
bright and beautiful pattern, but it is a law also, requir- 
ing of us, with Divine authority, to "go and do likewise." 
The obligation to obey is indispensable. Nor can any man 
be excused for a moment, who does not labor to resemble 
Christ in all the personal and moral parts of his character. 

People of the Brethren Church! As followers of Jesus, 
you have a God-given privilege to serve an institution that 
helps to do what Jesus did in His time. The Brethren Home 
and the Ministers Board renders help to aged ministers 
and their widows, to the homeless and lonely, and to others 
in need who are Brethren. 

The Jewish boy of ten years on the Quiz Kids program 
recently, knew the value of a single act in history. The 
question was asked, "What connection is there between a 
horn and Joshua?" He quickly replied, "While the people 
of Israel marched around Jericho, Joshua ordered the horns 
to be blown and the walls of Jericho fell down." Then his 
small voice carried out over the air: "That was over two 
thousand years ago and it was done for you." He knew 
that this ancient event had significance for us. 

A great Christian layman of our church a number of 
years ago, gave a gift which made possible the Brethren's 
Home at Flora, Indiana, and it was done for us. Hence, 
we have a Christian Home for the homeless, the lonely, 
the worthy, in the name of the Lord. 



Your gifts help to maintain this Christian, comfortable 
palce for those who wish it. "Inasmuch as ye have done 
it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, ye have done 
it unto me" — said Jesus. 



Spiritual fIDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 

WHAT IS YOUR EXCUSE? 
"I pray thee have me excused." Luke 14:18, 19 

{N THE PARABLE of the Great. Supper we have two of 
the characters of the story using the same words, in 
refusing the invitation of the would-be host. It was a re- 
fusal of the "bid." Men grow adept in the wording of 
their refusals. In reply to an invitation to attend a gath- 
ering or an occasion, most folks are careful to so phrase 
their refusal as not to give offense to the sender. But no 
matter how polite the wording, the meaning is the same; 
it is a "turn down." 

Especially obnoxious is such a refusal when it is evi- 
dent that the polite wording is but a "cover" for a blunt 
and indifferent attitude toward the sender and the pur- 
pose of the invitation. 

An unknown commentator declares that there are three 
excuses offered by men as causes for refusing God's call 
to men. These three are "pride, business, and pleasure." 
Excuses for accepting God's invitation to the sinner 
amount to what has been declared by one as something 
more terrible than a lie. Excuses indicate weakness, in- 
ability to face an issue, unwillingness to cope with a sit- 
uation, an indication of intention to dodge a personal ob- 
ligation. "Pride" says to the sinner, "They will laugh at 
you if you become a Christian." "Business" says, "you will 
lose money if you join the church; they will be 'dogging' 
you for money all the. time." "Pleasure" says "You will 
never be able to have a good time if you identify your- 
self with Christ." 

And the tragic thing about the business of making ex- 
cuses is that those who engage in the habit of making 
excuses whereby to escape responsibility, excuse them- 
selves from the rewards which accompany faithful per- 
formance of duty. Excuse-making to escape responsibility 
is sinful. 

— Linwood, Maryland. 



NORTH LIBERTY ANSWERS FIRST 

New drapes for the Girl's dormitory and the 
Wheeler Home are being provided for both buildings 
by the W. M. S. of North Liberty, Indiana. A good 
brother and wife provided the material and the wom- 
en made the drapes. Please take note — before any 
other group purchases material for any project, in- 
form us, so that we hold down duplications. 

Signed: Secretary of the Missionary Board. 



I'AGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Closes Pastorate at N, Georgetown 
To Take Up Waterloo Work 




THE FOLLOWING ACCOUNT of the closing of the 
pastorate of Brother Spencer Gentle at the North 
Georgetown, Ohio, Brethren Church, was handed the editor 
by Brother Gentle. 

It was a big day for us at the First Brethren Church in 
North Georgetown, Ohio, on Sunday, January 22nd. The 
people of that Church gave a farewell basket dinner in our 
honor which was a complete surprise to us. This is the first 
time that such a dinner has been held in our new base- 
ment, and there were fifty-four present for the occasion. 
After the meal, those in charge presented us with a most 
beautiful all-brass floor lamp as a farewell gift. We truly 
appreciate their thoughtfulness and kindness. 

We have been serving this church for the past three 
years as student pastor. The members of this church have 
been very faithful in attendance and have been very pa- 
tient with the mistakes and blunders which have been 
made on our part. My experience in the work in North 
Georgetown has deepened my faith in God and at the 
same time has given me good practical experience which 
is needed in the work which God has called me to do. I am 
truly hoping that our work there has helped in a small way, 
those who have needed help. But, as it is in so many cases, 
the blessings have seemingly all come my way, for it has 
truly been a pleasure to work with such a congregation. 
We shall never forget the Christian fellowship which we 
have had with those people. 

On Sunday, January 29th, Robert Hoffman, who is a 
Senior in Ashland College, from Berlin, Pennsylvania, will 
be installed as the new pastor. He was given a unanimous 
call from the church and he has accepted that call. We 
are praying God's richest blessings upon Robert and Mrs. 
Hoffman as they take up their new duties. 

Our earnest prayer is that the work in North George- 
town, Ohio will grow, and that great things will be done 
for God. 

Spencer Gentle. 



Along with the above from Spencer Gentle's pen, we 
felt that it might be of worth to append the account of his 
life thus far, as gleaned from the columns of "The Ash- 
land Collegian" in the issue of January 20th. Brother Ed- 
win Puterbaugh, of Lanark, Illinois, who furnished the 
"Seminary News" column for the "Collegian" wrote the 
article. We are reprinting this in the Evangelist because 
we felt it would be of future historical value, as it deals 
with the life of one of our newer Brethren Ministers. The 
account follows: 

"In 1917 the good citizens of Cainsville, Missouri, took 
time out from reading the war news to note that Mr. and 
Mrs. Gentle were the proud parents of a baby boy. But 
the Gentles did not stay long in Missouri. Three years 
later they moved to Ft. Scott, Kansas, where Spencer's 
sister still lives. 

"After going straight through Ft. Scott grade and high 
schools and junior college, Spencer worked for eight years 
(1936-1944) for the Agricultural Adjustment Administra- 
tion. During that time he advanced from an extra to chief 
clerk. In 1944 he was transferred to the United States 
Engineers in Tulsa, where he remained for six months. 

"In the meantime he married Eleanor Cook of Ft. Scott, 
whom he calls 'the best preacher's wife in the world' and 
'the best cook.' 

"From Tulsa he went back to Ft. Scott where he worked 
as an accountant in the Ford Agency until he left for Ash- 
land in 1945. 

"His decision to come to Ashland College was not en- 
tirely unexpected, as he had already felt the call to the 
ministry while in high school. But he had tried to evade 
the issue. He had, however, been active in Christian En- 
veavor work and had served for a time as a Vice-Presi- 
dent. 

"Shortly after enrolling in Ashland College he began 
work as Office Secretary of the National Sunday School 
Association, which position included traveling as Camp 
representative. He especially likes youth work and will 
continue to be active in this field in his new locale. 

"Just before graduating from the Arts College in 1947, 
before entering the Seminary, he began a student pastorate 
at North Georgetown, Ohio, from which he is now retir- 
ing to take up the pastorate of the Waterloo, Iowa, Breth- 
ren Church. He was ordained to the full Gospel ministry 
at Ft. Scott on August 14, 1949. 

"Spencer's activities in the College and Seminary have 
been numerous and varied. His positions have included: 
President of the Men's Gospel Team in 1946; Vice-Presi- 
dent of the Seminary student body — 1947-1948; and Presi- 
dent of the Seminary student body in 1948-1949. Together 
with Charles Munson, he originated and was co-editor of 
the 'Sem News' in 1948. The following year he was edi- 
tor on his own. He again collaborated with Brother Mun- 
son in originating the Seminary play and Seminary ban- 
quet in 1948-1949. 

"He is the proud father of two fine sons, Phillip Dean, 
and Stanley Eugene." 

The people at Ashland are very sorry to see Brother 
Gentle and his family leave us, but we wish for him the 
greatest success in the work of the Lord in his new field 
of labor. 



FEBRUARY 4, 1950 



PAGE SEVEN 



National Goals Program 

Rev. J. G. Dodds, Chairman 

15% INCREASE IN TOTAL MEMBERSHIP 

Denominational Membership Yearly Goal 1-1 

By C. Y. Gilmer, Member of the National Goals Committee 

"I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth 
in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: 
for without Me ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). 

IT BEHOOVES EVERY ONE to be a "much fruit" 
Christian. "Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit 
He (the Father as Husbandman) taketh away." Paul made 
tents for a living, but his business was winning souls. We 
must be occupied with the Lord's business till He comes. 
We are not to "sell" ourselves, nor even our church, but 
the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the fruit that a vine bears that 
determines its value. Mere numerical gains in membership 
is not fruit. In fact, the more unconverted (not really con- 
verted) people we bring into the church the less fruit our 
church will bear. 

It is not the size of the vine that counts, but the fruit 
it bears. Unfruitful vines are a menace in that they en- 
cumber the earth. A cold and spiritually dead church is a 
hindrance in a community. A lukewarm church is spewed 
out of the mouth of God. Every church or individual who 
is not a soul winner the Lord will leave: "Every branch 
in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away." As soon as 
we cease to win souls we die spiritually. Some folk still 
cling to the dead branches that the Lord has clipped. There 
is no use in preserving what the Lord has thrown away. 
A great amount of so-called church work is not wise, but 
God says, "He that winneth souls is wise." It is not church 
steeples, but clusters of grapes that the Lord delights to 
see. Let us all bear more fruit! 

The Great Commission (Matt. 28:19, 20) is our Lord's 
plain command to every converted Christian. Not to win 
souls is the sin of disobedience. Not to win souls is a lack 
of love for the Lord (John 14:15, 23). The secret of no 
soul winning is a cold heart. To follow Jesus is to be a 
fisher of men (Matt. 4:19). Jesus makes soul winners out 
of all His followers (John 14:4, 5). Not to win souls is 
the dishonesty of not paying our debt (Rom. 1:14; Matt. 
25:24-30). Not to win souls is not only the folly of short- 
sightedness (Dan. 12:3; Prov. 11:30), but to be guilty 
of spiritual manslaughter through criminal negligence 
(Ezek. 3:17, 18). 

The New Testament Christians went everywhere win- 
ning souls. They knew the purpose of the church. The new 
converts in turn also became soul winners, and souls were 
won daily (Acts 2:47; 5:42). Have we a revival like that 
of DAILY winning souls? Soul winning is the main thing 
that Jesus taught us to do. Of course, those who are won 
are not to be neglected but built up in the most holy faith 
and put to work. The winning of souls is the highest joy 
accorded a Christian in this world (Psa. 126:5, 6). 

To win souls, acquire friends for Christ's sake. With the 
advantage of their confidence in you as a consistent and 
warm-hearted Christian, be prepared to show them from 



your Bible WHY they need to be saved and HOW. Mem- 
orization of salvation passages is good, but it is more im- 
pressive to have a prospect to read aloud from the Bible 
for himself. Guide him as Philip did the Eunuch (Acts 8: 
30-37). Show how to trust God's promises. Make soul win- 
ning a matter of earnest prayer and trust the Holy Spirit 
to guide you and enable you. Get your sinner friends to 
attend church services where the Word and the power of 
the Spirit are in evidence. Acquaint them with the minis- 
ter and other Christians. Offer to go forward with them 
during the invitation hymn. Be patient but work for a defi- 
nite decision. Talk with all people with whom you have 
to do. Make opportunities for contacts. Enlist your new 
converts in regular church attendance, Bible reading and 
prayer. May your heart burn with love for the lost! 



^Palace of 'Pain 

Annabelle Merrifield 

Here mercy moves — how softly — through the doors 
And courage silences long corridors. 

A caring God, will You not ease the stress 
Of dragging days and nights of endlessness, 

Endured within these walls? You can erase 
The suffering from each pain-twisted face. 

Whitely, incessantly, brave nurses tread 
As though the hands of angels gently led 

Then on to cool the burning brow; be near 

To give them strength — they carry lamps of cheer. 

Guide doctors bent on missions greatly grave 
When they are pondering how best to save 
A life . . . 

As sails unfurl at last for them, 
Exchange for every cross a diadem. 



How To Use Tobacco 

The Christian Advocate reports that some time ago a 
certain company sent packages of cigarettes to young men 
who had recently graduated from high school, with the 
following explanation: 

"We have the pleasure of presenting to you a package 
of the best cigarettes. We hope that you will use them in 
such a manner that the results will be satisfactory to the 
degree that you will ask for more." 

One of the young men used the cigarettes and wrote as 
follows to the company: 

"I have the pleasure of acknowledging the receipt of 
the package of cigarettes that you sent me. I used them 
to my entire satisfaction. I soaked them in a litre of wa- 
ter and with this water sprayed my rosebushes which were 
infested with animals. The animals all died. The cigarettes 
are in truth an indisputable poison. If the animals again 
molest my plants I will write you asking for more pack- 
ages like the one you sent me." 

This young man knew how to use tobacco. He used it to 
poison animals instead of himself. 



CAGE EIGHT 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



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National Sunday School Association Page 

Conducted by Rev. N. V. Leatherman 




Tfce 13iWe /// T/ie Ghurch School 



IN CONSIDERING our work as teachers in the church 
school, we would, no doubt, put as our very first pur- 
pose the helping of our children and youth to gain a deep 
sense of the nearness of God and of close personal rela- 
tionship to Jesus Christ. As a very near second — because 
it is essential to these first aims, — we would put helping 
our pupils to enjoy the Bible and to use it intelligently. If, 
as a result of their years in the church school, they should 
come to love and use the Bible as their own guide to life 
through the years, we would feel we had done for them 
very nearly the most helpful thing possible. 

Let us ask ourselves, then, what this high appraisal of 
our responsibility as teachers involves. 

It involves, first of all, something in our own attitude 
toward the Bible. When we, as teachers and officers of 
the church school, take the Bible seriously, our pupils will 
more readily follow our example. When we show that the 
use of the Bible is a source of lively daily strength for 
us, it will become more naturally the guide of our pupils. 
If they can see, that for us, the Bible creates inner calm 
and outward goodness, they will be more anxious to make 
it so for their lives. We, as teachers, must be constantly 
alert to show that we are accustomed to use the Bible; 
how we use the Bible; and how the Bible helps us. In- 
deed, before we begin to lead our boys and girls into an 
appreciation of this book, we shall have to make them cer- 
tain of our own devotion to it and our belief in its ability 
to show us the Father and guide us in Christlike living. 
As teachers of the Bible we must not only master it; we 
must allow the Word of God to exert a mastery over us. 
In a word, it is not fair to try to introduce our pupils to 
the Bible if the Bible is a stranger to us. 

Teaching the use of the Bible in the church school in- 
volves also the official attitude of the school toward the 
Bible. Every church school should have an adequate sup- 
ply of legible and durable Bibles. These should be acces- 
sible to all, but not wastefully and carelessly scattered 
about. A proper place should be provided for keeping them 
when they are not in use. Shoddy and worn-out Bibles 
should be eliminated. The care of the Bible should be 
taught, not to induce excessive reverence for a physical 
book, but that the Bible should be recognized for what it 
is — The Book of the Christian church. 

The attitude of the church school can best be shown by 
the place the Bible is given in the worship service. An open 
Bible should be present on the Superintendent's pulpit or 
table. An understanding reading of the Bible by one who 
has prepared himself for the reading, will quicken the in- 
terest in the Book. For the Christian the art of reading 
reaches its highest point in Bible reading. To neglect the 
art of reading here is to cheapen it everywhere else. With 
Bibles in the hands of the pupils, more interest can be 



responsively or in unison, directly from the Bible, rather 
gained by reading the responses and the lesson itself, either 
than from "the back of the hymnal" or leaflets contain- 
ing "our lesson for today." In departmental or assembly 
worship, illustrations may be drawn from the Bible, and 
many references made directly to it. By magnifying the 
place of the Bible in the entire program of the school, pu- 
pils may be encouraged toward the natural and free use 
of the Bible. 

We must recognize that the use of the Bible must be 
adapted to the age of the child. In each of the various de- 
partments the approach must necessarliy be different. 

In the Beginners and Primary Departments the presen- 
tation must be visual. The Bible should be present and 
opened in the lap of the teacher or on the table while the 
Bible story is being told. For the very young child the 
Bible must be seen to be the source of the lesson. It will 
then become a book, perhaps the first book, to be read 
when the child begins to real later. 

In the Junior Department comes the critical period 
which will determine much of the child's later attitude to- 
ward the Bible. At this age the child will be learning to 
use the Bible for himself: a practice which we, as teach- 
ers, must help to create and foster. Many schools present 
a copy of the Bible to every member of the Junior Depart- 
ment. When this is done, care ought to be taken in at least 
three particulars: The Bibles should be chosen for attrac- 
tiveness and utility; the occasion of their presentation 
should be impressive and meaningful; and the Bibles 
which are presented should be used in the church school. 
Obviously, the bringing of the Bible week after week must 
be encouraged by the regular use of the Bible in the de- 
partment and in the class. 

In the Junior Department should be emphasized the use 
of the Bible as the guide to life. Book-finding and verse- 
finding drills, Bible fact quizzes, Bible memory programs, 
have their wholesome and necessary place. But until the 
pupils learn to turn to the Bible as naturaly as they con- 
sult the dictionary, and as expectantly as they read any 
other interesting book — until the Bible is tied up to life, 
our opportunity as teachers in the Junior Department has 
not been totally met. 

In the Intermediate Department and Senior Department 

a closer study of the Bible can be undertaken; the history 
and biography and poetry and spiritual truths can be un- 
folded. The methods of doing this are constantly being 
presented and reviewed in our denominational quarterlies, 
and ought to become familiar both by study and practice. 
But, here, again, we must endeavor to carry our pupils 
beyond history and literature and all else, until they see 
the persons who people the Bible, living as we do, in God's 



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world, always with an awareness of His purposes for them 
and for us. Always we must nourish a growing under- 
standing of the supreme place of Jesus, and of how all 
the record of history in the Bible must be judged in the 
light which He brings. 

In the Adult Department there still remains an impor- 
tant field of instruction in the use of the Bible. Many adults 
have little or no method of Bible study. Few have learned 
to employ the Scriptures in answering their daily needs, 
and in providing perspective for all the occurrences of 
this life. These simple but fundamental processes, which 
we 'have been describing for children and young people, 
will also be found helpful. Certainly, we should encour- 
age grown people to continue the use of the Bible, and 
to make it an effective part of their daily living. In addi- 
tion, let us keep in mind that here we are dealing with 
parents, who can give us aid in encouraging the personal 
use of the Bible by our pupils in the other departments. 
Without the aid of the parents, the brief moments which 
we spend with their children in the church school will 



scarcely be sufficient for lasting impressions in the use 
of the Scriptures. 

In all of our teaching about the use of the Bible, let us 
take care that the Book is not pressed upon the pupil arti- 
ficially or in a manner beyond his capacity to assimilate 
at his particular age. For him it must be at each stage 
of his spiritual and mental growth, a book for him, not 
a "grown-up book" that the minister preaches from or 
that the teacher or the parent says he ought to read from 
every day. Let the love of the Book be caught — not driven 
in. This teaching of the use of the Bible must have the 
"survival value" that will commend itself to him long af- 
ter he has forgotten the first elementary devices by which 
he was introduced to its life-giving pages. 

If we, as teachers, can follow these simple time-tested 
suggestions, adding to them such refinements and improve- 
ments as each of us may learn from our own experience, 
we shall have the joy of leading many boys and girls into 
a lifelong spiritual adventure in the Book of Books, and 
into a personal discovery of the Father revealed therein 
by Our Lord Jesus Christ. — American Bible Society. 



Brethren Church History 



By Re 



Ankr 



The Pipe Creek Maryland 
Dunker Church 




IN COLONIAL DAYS the tide of emigration not only 
flowed West but toward the South West from German- 
town and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As early as 1720 
there were settlers in the Pipe Creek valley of Frederick 
County, Maryland. This large county was later reduced in 
size and Carroll County was formed. The early pioneers 
first secured for themselves homes, hewn from the wilder- 
ness and then later schools and finally churches. Their 
homes were utilized as places of worship. Later when the 
schools were built they were used for worship purposes. 
At a later time buildings were erected especially for the 
purpose of worship. 

The German settlers came to this location after 1720. 
With the coming of the German speaking settlers came 
the Dunkers, to use the term in a general way, from Ger- 
mantown. The early comers used not only their homes, 
but their barns for the worship services. Today in certain 
sections of Pennsylvania the Old Order German Baptist 
Brethren, as they call themselves still, use their large 
barns when they hold their Annual meetings. 

There are records of pioneer families interested in the 
Dunker belief and practices along Pipe Creek near Lin- 



wood as early as 1745. Martin Urner came to this part of 
the new country and preached, organizing the Pipe Creek 
Church in 1758. 

Preaching services were held for some thirty-three 
years in the homes and barns of members. In 1792 Philip 
Engler donated a plot of ground for a school house and 
church where the present Pipe Creek Church now stands. 
A log school house was first erected upon this ground. The 
foundation is remembered by some of the older residents 
of the community. The church was not built until about 
thirteen years later. The original deed which is in posses- 
sion of Prof. J. Maurice Henry of Bridgewater College, 
Bridgewater, Virginia, given by Philip Engler, was given 
or dated December 11, 1792. It was made out to Joseph 
Roop, Daniel Moyer, Martin Wolf, David Rhinehart and 
Daniel Hartsook — "For in consideration of the sum of 
Five Shillings Sterling to him in hand paid by the said 
Joseph Roop, Daniel Moyer, Martin Wolf, David Rhine- 
hart and Daniel Hartsook." . . . "To build thereon one or 
more house or houses for a school or meeting place for 
the worship of Almighty God by the German Baptists, 
commonly called Dunkards, and thereupon on any part to 



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resort, meet and assemble together with said people or 
with any other Person or Persons to have and to hold . . . 
and their successors forever." The school house was used 
until the first unit of the church was erected in the year 
1806. 

Here in Lewises Forest, as this tract was called, was 
erected a church building which has served for many gen- 
erations. The marker over the door states, "Founded in 
1806." This must refer to the erection of the structure 
rather than to the organization of the Church proper. It 
is known that out of fourteen Annual Meetings held be- 
tween the years of 1778 and 1799 three were held at the 
Pipe Creek Church. The first minutes known to be in ex- 
istence were recorded in the Pipe Creek Meeting. While 
it cannot be definitely proven, it is not an impossibility 
that some of these earlier meetings may have been at- 
tended by Alexander Mack, Jr., of Germantown. He was 
quite ,a traveler and would have been in his prime. Also 
he corresponded with Martin Urner, the organizer of this 
church. 

Maryland had seven churches as early as the year 1770 
which were noted for their strength and for having the 
strongest preachers of Colonial times. It may be of in- 
terest to state that there are descendants bearing the 
names of the Founders who still live in this section of 
Carroll County. There may be found today, Rhineharts, 
the Stoners, Roops, Englers, the Garbers and the Sensen- 
eys. David Engler, son of Philip Engler who furnished the 
ground, was the Elder in charge of this Church from 1813 
to 1835. The original building was found to be too small 
after a period of years and so in 1866 the year following 
the close of the Civil War a second unit was constructed. 
This was used for some time when the growth of the con- 
gregation required more room. So in 1891 the third sec- 
tion was built. 

A large cemetery is located upon the hill to the South 
Eastward of the church grounds. The Church building is 
located in a beautiful hardwood grove of trees a few hun- 
dred feet West of the hard road leading from Maryland 
Highway, Number 75, to the village of Uniontovvn. It is 
approximately one half way between Union Bridge and 
New Windsor, Maryland. The church has had a very 
unique place in Maryland's Brethren History, as it is 
one of the oldest congregations in point of time and has 
a well known record. This congregation had much to do 
in the locating of Blue Ridge College, which was estab- 
lished in Union Bridge and finally moved to New Windsor. 
At the present time it is no longer used as a College, but 
as a distribution center for overseas relief. 

The Linwood Brethren Church, situated on the south 
side of Pipe Creek and approximately a mile away like- 
wise owes its being to the Pipe Creek Church. The Lin- 
wood Church was erected in 1905. 

For more than 185 years the Gospel of Christ has gone 
out from the brick church under the Oaks in what was 
Lewises Forest, hard by Pipe Creek, to bring blessings to 
the world. While in later years there has been erected in 
Union Bridge a "Church of the Brethren," still the mother 
church plays a very important part in the life of the com- 
munity and services are held there regularly. 

This church narrowly escaped the fate of the Antietam 
Dunker Church in the Civil War, when the pickets of Gen- 
eral Lee and General Meade met at Gettysburg, Pennsyl- 
vania, some twenty miles North in 1863 instead of Pipe 



Creek where the General of the Northern Army had in- 
tended the battle to take place. 

The author of this article, while located at pastor of 
the Linwood church, enjoyed numerous services in this old 
church which seemed to roll the years away and take us 
back to those old days when Godly and righteous men were 
struggling to give to this country, and to the world a 
Church based on the teachings of the New Testament. 
— St. James, Maryland. 

Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

The Christian Endeavorers held their public service on 
Sunday evening, January 29th. They will hold a social on 
February 18th. They are also forming a Young Church 
Members' Class which will meet on each Sunday evening 
from February 5th to April 2nd. 

Akron, Ohio — Firestone Park. Brother J. G. Dodds, pas- 
tor of the Akron Church, tells us that three were baptized 
on Sunday, January 15th and that one confession was 
made on the 15th, another on the 22nd and that these re- 
main to be baptized. Another has promised to come. This 
makes the membership stand now at 100. They started 
with just 18 members. 

Uniontown, Penna., Second. Brother Ralph Mills, pastor, 
says that new linoleum has been placed in the kitchen, 
due to the generous contributions of the people. 

The Uniontown church is cooperating in the city-wide 
Leadership Training School which is being held for a pe- 
riod of six consecutive Monday nights. - 

Elkhart, Indiana. Brother L. V. King says that there 
were fifty-two who had a perfect attendance in the Chil- 
dren's Division of the Sunday School last quarter. 

Four babies were recently dedicated to the Lord in a 
special dedication service. 

The Evangelistic services are now in progress at the 
Elkhart Church on Middlebury Street, with Brother Ver- 
non Grisso, Smithville, Ohio, pastor as the evangelist. 

Louisville, Ohio. Brother Byler gives us the following 
averages for the year 1949: Sunday School — 129; Morning 
worship — 132; evening worship — 67; mid-week services — 
27. This shows an appreciable gain over the year of 1948. 

Brother Byler also reports that on Sunday evening, Jan- 
uary 22nd, that three adults and three children were bap- 
tized and that 96 were present at that service. 

Nappanee, Indiana. We note from Brother V. E. Meyer's 
bulletin of January 22nd, that the average Sunday School 
attendance for 1949 was 298. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Another of those Family Nights 
has been scheduled for Monday evening, February 6th. 

The Milledgeville average attendance for 1949, was 148, 
with an average offering of $26.73. 

Brother D. C. White says that Dr. W. S. Bell, who has 
been completely shut in for almost two weeks, is improv- 
ing. 

Berlin, Penna. Sunday, February 5th, has been set as 
Young People's Day in the Berlin Church. 



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PAGE ELEVEN 



Two new members were recently received into member- 
ship in the Berlin church, by baptism. 

Dayton, Ohio. We learn from Brother Whetstone's bul- 
letin that the annual Father and Son Banquet date has 
been set for February 17th. 

A "Wire recording" of the entire service at the Dayton 
church on Sunday morning, January 22nd, was made and 
in such a manner that the entire congregation had a view 
of its making. 

Vinco, Penna. Brother Brant, pastor, has set the date of 
February 12th as time for a special dedication service for 
babies of the church. 

■Baptismal services were conducted on Sunday, January 
29th. 

The first call has gone out for the singers for the Easter 
Cantata at the Vinco church. 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother Crick says, "Sixty-four men from 
four Brethren churches in the Miami Valley enjoyed the 
Quarterly Rally of the Laymen's Organization, when 
Gratis was host." 



We Arc So Blind 

We are so blind about this thing called death! 
We break our hearts, we sob with catching breath, 
Mourning in impotent and selfish grief, 
Unconsciously begrudging the relief 
To our Beloved whom God's hand has set free 
To climb the bright hills of Eternity. 
We have forgotten that his yoke, long borne, 
Has slipped from tired shoulders, and we mourn 
With heavy tear-filled eyes that grow too dim 
To clearly see we should rejoice with with him; 
We should be glad to know, his great work done, 
He walks care-free beneath the heavenly sun; 
We should be glad for his white peace, but oh, 
We are so human, and we miss him so! 

— Grace Noll Crowell. 



Some hindrances to be removed: desire for human ap- 
plause, self-sufficiency, self confidence, a prayerless life, 
love of ease, exaggerated self importance. 



SPECIAL NOTICE 
TO SOUTHERN INDIANA DISTRICT LAYMEN 

The Southern Indiana District Brethren Laymen 
will meet at the Loree Brethren Church for their 
regular Quarterly Meeting, on Monday evening, 
February 20th. 

Supper will be served beginning at 6:00 o'clock. 
All Laymen ai'e urged to be present. 

Guy V. Purdy, Secretary. 



There is a twelve-year-old boy in a mid-western city 
whose story you ought to know — a boy who wrote a new 
definition of a word millions of men and women have been 
trying to discover for centuries — a word called friendship. 
One of two boys who were walking home after school — 
across a field which led to a railroad crossing — two boys 
who always walked together. 

But, as sometimes happens, there had been a quarrel. 
Two boys who had always been good friends were walking 
now several hundred feet apart. Suddenly, one looked up 
and realized his friend had strayed onto a railroad track. 
And now his friend began to shout . . . 

"Jim, Jim, hurry — train's coming — can't you hear it — 
train's coming." But Jim seemed like a boy transfixed. 
He didn't move. And now the boy who had called out the 
warning raced toward a boy who for some reason was 
frozen to a railroad track and a train not far away. A 
moment later the boy whose friend was trapped, under- 
stood. His foot was caught. And a boy who realized what 
it might mean went to work feverishly — a boy racing 
against time — down on his knees — loosening a lace — strain- 
ing to free the foot from the shoe. A moment later he 
raised his friend onto his shoulder and carried him off to 
safety — just in time to save his life. 

And, then, out of danger, each boy walked his way — 
silent, alone, no word between them. The next day when 
a teacher heard about it she called the boy hero to her 
desk. 

"That was a fine thing you did yesterday, Daniel." 
"What, teacher?" "Why, saving Jimmie's life." "Oh." 
"Well, you did save his life, didn't you?' "Shucks, no, I 
just took off his shoe and helped him to get out of a 
switch." And now a teacher who was wise and understand- 
ing and who was very delicately leading up to her main 
question asked: 

"Why, Daniel, I thought you and Jimmie had quarreled." 
"Yes, we had an argument." "Still, that didn't keep you 
from saving his life ?" And now a boy looked up at a wom- 
an, and his eyes blazed. "Why, teacher, I guess you don't 
understand. Jimmie and I were friends." And a teacher 
who heard a boy say it — who saw his eyes ablaze — who 
felt the hot words spring from his lips — was humbled by 
what she heard: "Why teacher, I guess you don't under- 
stand — Jimmie and I were friends." A boy remembered 
yesterday's friendship in spite of today's quarrel! 

It seemed to me as I heard the story what a fine defini- 
tion he had written of a word for which millions grope — 
discover, and lose again. The friendships of yesterday 
broken on the rocks of today's misunderstanding. How 
many men and women — how many nations — might redis- 
cover what we mean by friendship in the words of a boy 
who couldn't understand how today's misunderstanding 
could affect yestehday's friendship. 

Only a boy twelve years old. But it seemed to me he 
had discovered a really great secret of life — a pearl of 
great price. 



The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to 
yourself respect; to all men charity. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 




"Topici copyrighted by the International 
Used by permisj 



of Christian Endeavor. 



Topic for February 19, 1950 

COOPERATION BRINGS RESULTS 

Scripture: 1 Cor. 3:4-10 

For The Leader 

WE ARE ALL AWARE of the necessity of coopera- 
tion, if a society or group of people are to get re- 
sults. Cooperation means the full effort of each individual 
toward the common destination of the group. Lack of co- 
operation! can easily be explained by referring to an auto- 
mobile engine. Take all six or eight cylinders, on a com- 
mon crankshaft. Round and round the shaft goes, up and 
down the various cylinders travel, each firing exactly at 
the right instant. Wonderful power and speed results and 
our automobile floats along and we have a wonderful ride. 
But let the timing get out of whack, let one spark plug 
fail to fire, or wire up the plugs wrong, and what have 
you? The same engine, the same crankshaft, cylinders and 
plugs, but what a difference in results. Loss of speed, or 
even running ability results. Now, that is an automobile 
engine. But it is exactly the same in our church and C. E. 
If we work together, each doing his or her work as it 
should be done, we get good results. But friction and dis- 
cord too often is to be found. Perhaps we can do some- 
thing about it tonight. 

DISCUSSION 

1. LACK OF COOPERATION. So many times a good 
piece of work in our churches is brought to naught, be- 
cause, all of a sudden, people fail to cooperate. One of the 
underlying reasons is that of jealousy. We see someone 
else get a little bit more praise, or get raised to a higher 
position. So we decide to withdraw our support. We knock 
instead of pull. Paul had the same difficulty in the church 
at Corinth. What did he do about it? First, he struck at 
this business of jealousy. He said they were human be- 
ings, subject to carnal strifes, envyings, etc. He admon- 
ished them to control themselves. After all, he said, why 
should such things be in the work of the Lord? Paul has 
planted; Apollos has watered; but God giveth the increase. 
He laid the emphasis at the right place. 

2. WHO GETS THE PRAISE? Strife and lack of coop- 
eration comes from our jealousy over who gets the praise 
for a work done. Paul said that as God has given to us 
grace, and a job to do, we should build on Christ the great 
foundation, doing our part in the plan of God. Cooperation 
really comes when we will work together, caring not who 
gets the praise! 

3. A PICTURE OF THE CHURCH. Referring back to 
our automobile engine. When it gets out of order we rush 
it off to a mechanic. Sometimes he has a stubborn time 
getting it to run right — simply because certain parts re- 
fuse to respond to adjustment. Picture the grief in our 
churches as the several members refuse to work together. 
No rushing them off to a mechanic, though many times 



we wish we could. Some members have certain ideas, and 
they are hard-headed about it. "Their way, or else." The 
"else" is confusion, hard feelings, harsh words, and gen- 
eral wrecking of a church program. Or, others are ambi- 
tious, seeking to use their friends and office to climb to 
the peaks of authority and position. Certainly they are not 
cooperating and building in the name of Christ. Frankly, 
if you picture a church as like an automobile engine, we 
wonder how, getting out of adjustment as our churches 
often do, that anything can be accomplished. It is pitiful 
the loss of spiritual power and activtiy that comes because 
Church members will not be Christian, but let jealousies, 
and kindred things, control their lives. 

4. A "DIRTY" SHAME. It's positively awful, how 
"dirty" people can become in their mouths and evil deeds 
in and around churches and its work. Christ has given 
of His very life and blood to purchase redemption for us. 
He has asked us to kindly go out and tell the good news 
to others. He has asked us to work together in His church. 
He has provided the church in which we can gather to 
worship Him and to learn more about Him. All this points 
to love one for another, doing the simple will of God in a 
sense of appreciation for what He has done for us. But 
what do we do? We fight; we say evil things about one 
another, knifing one another in the back. We plan, con- 
nive, and play politics, to get into high positions ourselves, 
and to squeeze out of office those who don't quite agree 
with us. This goes on from the lowest church group to the 
highest group of church dignitaries. Amen. All the while 
innocent members of the church, seeking the gospel, and 
multitudes outside the gospel fold, are left to the ravages 
of the unrighteous. 

5. LITTLE CHILDREN, SHAME. Any parent of more 
than one child can appreciate, in a sense, the remorse and 
heart-ache of our heavenly Father. We give our children 
a good home, food and clothing. We sacrifice for their ben- 
efit. What do they do? They scrap and fight, each wanting 
the same toy when there are bushel baskets full of other 
toys. They scrap over "shares" at the table, and even over 
the color of plates and dishes each one has at his place. 
Our heavenly Father sees us scrapping like that in our 
churches. We praise God for His patience. Then when we 
parents see our little ones sound asleep, we thank God 
for them and their sweet lives, and pray that the next 
day they might listen a little better, and try a little harder 
to do the right thing. So does our heavenly Father. Let's 
do our part and make His dream a reality on earth. 

6. COOPERATING IN HIS GREAT WORK. God has 
given to us a certain responsibility and job. As we labor 
here in the years of life, we are supposed to put our shoul- 
ders to the wheel and work. God's great eternal plan for 
the ages is moving right on time. Count it a great privi- 
lege to have a part in that work in your own little corner 
of the vineyard. Do it with no thought of jealousy. Do your 
level best to cooperate and work for the best interests of 
your society and church. That kind of work will win out 
in the long run. 

QUESTIONS 

Do you think it is really possible to have a "smoothly 
running organization" in the church, in which each per- 
son knows his or her place, and performs the work with- 
out bickering? 



FEBRUARY 4, 1950 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



IPrayer Wleeting 
Studies 




YOU MAY . . . 

Hope for eternal life as the rich young ruler! 
Give of your means as Ananias and Sapphira! 
Desire spiritual gifts as Simon! 
Wish to die as well as Balaam! 
Bring an offering as Cain! 
Be married to a godly man as Delilah! 
Be a Gospel worker as Demas! 
Build a temple as Solomon! 
Have an angel visitor as Lot's wife! 
Live with God's people as Gehazi! 
Hear preaching gladly as Herod! 
Make good resolutions as Felix! 
,Be healed as Jeroboam! 
Warned of handwriting as Belshazzar! 
Minister in the priest's robe as Nadab! 
Ask for prayers as Pharaoh! 
Be almost persuaded as Agrippa! 
Find no fault with Jesus as Pilate! 

Be children of godly parents as Hophni and Phinehas! 
Make long prayers as the Pharisees! 
B.e able to prophesy as Saul! 
Have many followers as Theudas! 
Have the lamp of profession as the foolish virgins 
. . . AND NOT BE SAVED! 

— Mrs. Madge M. Miller. 

SO-CALLED PROOFS OF SALVATION 

Scripture: Matthew 7:13-29 

Hymns: "My Hope Is Built"; "What Can Wash Away?" 

Prayers 

Seed Thoughts for Discussion: 

OUR LESSON teaches that multitudes think they are 
saved but they are lost. God knows whether people 
are saved (2 Timothy 2:19). We can tell false teachers 
by their fruits (Matt. 7:16, 20), and the foundation they 
lay for salvation (1 Cor. 3:11; 1 John 4:2, 3; 2 John 7). 
There are two roads that lead to Hell. One is traveled 
by those who profess no hope of salvation (Rev. 21:8). 
The broad road is filled with people who have a false hope 
of salvation (Matt. 7:22, 23). The people on the first road 
already know they are going to Hell. "Many" are relig- 
iously going to Hell by building a house on the wrong 
foundation (Matt. 7:24-27). 

At the judgment bar of God many shall discover that 
they have been dupes (2 Cor. 11:14). It takes more than 
answered prayer for a proof of salvation. To bring wicked 
Ahab to repentance God heard his prayer. He "walked 
softly" but he did not repent (1 Kings 21:27-29). Good an- 
swered Pharaoh and and kept him alive but that did not 
save him from a sinner's doom (Ex. 9:27, 28). Cornelius, 



while yet unsaved, had his prayer answered (Acts 10:3-6). 
Later he was saved, but it was not prayer that saved him. 
Answered prayer did show the mercy of God. 

Mere professed faith and good works are another sand 
foundation (Luke 16:15; John 3:3; Titus 3:5). "Dead 
works" are of self, not being moved by the Spirit (Heb. 
6:1! 9:14). More is required than mere lip service (Matt. 
15:8). 

Having experienced a good feeling is no proof of sal- 
vation. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would testify of 
Him and not our experience. Scriptural answers and not 
our experience are evidence of salvation. God's Word is 
the only sure guide (1 John 5:13). Salvation is an expe- 
rience, but experience is not necessarily salvation. We 
are not to seek an experience but to trust Christ for sal- 
vation (1 John 5:12). 

Serving God from the fear motive is not salvation (Rom.- 
8:15). Those who are saved are motivated by love to ser- 
vice (2 Cor. 5:14; John 14:15, 23). Trust nothing for sal- 
vation that does not provide a new heart and the pure love 
motive. 




(Comments on the Lesson by the Editor 

Lesson for February 19, 1950 

THE FIGHT FOR CHRISTIAN FREEDOM 

Lesson: Acts 15:1-6, 22-29; Gal. 2:16 

THERE IS A VAST DIFFERENCE between "freedom" 
and "license." There is also a marked difference be- 
tween observing more practice and being bound by the 
laws of God. We very often neglect to distinguish between 
that which pertains to the physical laws which do not 
change, and the old ceremonial laws which were super- 
seded by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. With- 
out doubt these ceremonial laws were the cause of very 
much of the strife and bickering which came into the early 
church from interference by those who tried to be both 
good Jews and nominal Christians at the same time. 

Let us look at the background of the early church for 
a moment. We need remember that those who first estab- 
lished the church in Jerusalem were, for the most part, 
men and women schooled in the rules of Temple worship. 
They believed as did Saul of Tarsus, before he met Jesus 
on the Damascus Road, that the way laid out by Moses, 
attended with all its rites and sacrifices, was the only 
method whereby God could be reached. Therefore, they 
earnestly, and to them honestly, contended for the only 
manner of worship which they knew. In consequence, they 
felt that this new "Way" preached by Paul and Barnabas, 
should be only in addition to the already set methods of 
worship, and demanded that all the Gentiles who became 
Christians adhere to the rite of circumcision. Indeed, when 
a Gentile saw fit to cast his lot wtih the Israelites, the act 
of circumcision was a part of his entrance into their faith. 

The attitude they took was not so far different from 



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that of Saul, the persecutor. It was for turning away from 
the things which Moses had laid down, that Saul became 
the constant pursuer of the followers of Jesus Christ. 
Writing to the Galatians (1:13) Paul says, "For ye have 
heard of my conversation (manner of living) in time past 
in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I perse- 
cuted the church of God, and wasted it . . . being more 
exceeding zealous of the traditions of my fathers." 

Note that Jesus knew this attitude would come, when 
he was still on earth, and He said to His disciples, as re- 
corded in John 16:2, "They shall put you out of the syn- 
agogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you 
will think that he doeth God service." 

Since the act of circumcision was given by God to his 
chosen race, the children of Abraham, to bind His covenant 
with them, Paul knew that Jesus had, by His own sacri- 
fice, done away with the ritualistic and ceremonial sacri- 
fices of the Jewish religion. If then, these were done away, 
so also was the necessity of the rite of circumcision as a 
sign of entrance into the Christian faith. 

Therefore Paul writes in Romans 8:28, 29, "For he is 
not a Jew, which is one outwardly (having been circum- 
cised) . . . but he is a Jew which is one inwardly; and 
circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in 
the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." 

With this background the study of the lesson will be 
made more easily understood. 

The body of the lesson is made up of this conflict and 
the final settlement in the first Council Meeting of the 
Church which was held at Jerusalem. Note carefully the 
text of the letter sent from the Council to the churches 
thus far established. It is found in Acts 15:23-29. If the 
sense of this letter were to be carried out by Christians 
today, we would have a far diffeernt world. We do not 
necessarily mean the literal words, but the sense of the 
message found in the 29th verse — giving heed to the sense 
of the admonition contained therein. 

Had this matter not been settled here, Paul could not 
have penned with such assurance, the words of our Golden 
Text, as he wrote to the Galatians (5:1), "Stand fast there- 
fore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free 
and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage." 
Be sure to note the principles he laid down in the last 
verse of our printed text. Gal. 2:16. 



"If we are going to get salvation, we have to get it on 
God's terms and not on our own; and that is why I fear 
that a good many people will not get it — simply because 
they can't have their own way about it." 

The foundation for all Christian service is a superabun- 
dant conviction of the value to God of every human life. 
Pause on your way and look straight into the most de- 
graded face you meet, and remember that soul is as dear 
to God as you are. If we can come to feel this, and know 
it; if it can become part of our very life, then we shall 
sing when that soul comes home, and count contact with 
defilement as a precious thing if it means that we are 
helping that one back to purity and to God. — G. Camp- 
bell Morgan, in "The Parable of the Father's Heart" (Re- 
vell.) 



BURNING TRUTH - 

By C^aHes E-nory Byers 



"I can give news of earth to all the dead 

Who ask me: last year's sunsets and great stars 

Which had a right to come first and see ebb 

The crimson wave that drifts the sun away — 

Those crescent moons with notched and burning rims 

Impatient of the azure — and that day 

In March when a double rainbow stopped the storm 

May's warm, slow, yellow moonlit summer nights — 

Gone are they, but I have them in my soul." 

Luigi to his mother in Pippa Passes. — Robern Browning. 

Man is a walking picture gallery consisting of those 
scenes that are etched on his soul. The acid that does the 
etching is thoughtful concentration, and it etches every 
soul with the objects with which it is alert. 

Here is fifteen-year-old Luigi with a series of pictures 
that have vanished from the earth but they are his for- 
ever. He made them his because a wise and thoughtful 
mother alerted his mind to them and thus is able to keep 
them. He was in his tender, receptive years, the more to 
be affected. 

This mother opened his mind to all the wealth about 
him and he moves this into his heart and soul. No mother 
can ever do more for her boy than that. Our next would 
be a nobler generation if mothers were able and willing 
to do as Luigi's did. 

Luigi is about to sacrifice his life in a noble undertak- 
ing. His decision is almost more than they can endure. Her 
Luigi loves life and she loves her boy. He comforts here 
by telling her that he can give news to all the dead of the 
latest happenings here on earth. 

What news would he give? In his naive way he sums it 
up. The news looks so simple. Yet if you were in his cir- 
cumstances what news would you give that would be of 
more lasting value? If you will look into the matter you 
will see that he chose most wisely. What is more valuable 
than to take from his store of pictures the double rainbow 
that stopped the storm of the waxing moon with notched 
and burning rims, or May's warm, yellow moonlit sum- 
mer nights? 

His mother should have rejoiced, and no doubt did, at 
her effective and triumphant teaching. These things he 
enumerated were gone but he had them in his soul. His 
character was headed in the right direction to make itself 
felt for good. These would develop many other noble traits 
to follow 

These etchings are even more beautiful, than when he 
saw them in nature. They are also more lasting and val- 
uable. Thus the wise man etches the great scenes of earth 
on his soul and he begins early. The sum total of this 
practice constitutes the great soul. 

The presence of the fearful and the SELF-INTER- 
ESTED are always a hindrance to the work of God. 



FEBRUARY 4, 1950 



PAGE FIFTEEN 




WINTERS. Frank Winters of Roanoke, Indiana, de- 
parted this life on December 19, 1949, at the age of 57 
years. He is survived by his widow, the former Miss Dora 
Wilson, to whom he was married on September 14, 1920; 
also two sons, Robert and Owen, and his mother, Mrs. 
Gertrude Sedam of Peru, Indiana. Funeral in charge of 
the undersigned, assisted by Elder Shively of the Pipe 
Creek Church of the Brethren at Peru, at the Lynch Mor- 
tuary in Roanoke. 

S. C. Henderson. 



SHAVER. William E. Shaver, son of the late Rev, and 
Mrs. E. B. Shaver, departed this life on October 23, 1949, 
at the age of 78 years, 2 months and 24 days' after an ill- 
ness of several years. Uncle Will, as familiarly known, 
was the last member of the immediate family of Rev. 
E. B. Shaver, who was for more than thirty years the pas- 
tor of the Maurertown, Virginia, Brethren Church. For 
many years the deceased was a member of the Maurer- 
town church and served a number of years as head usher. 
Surviving is one son, Owen M. Shaver. Funeral services 
were conducted by the writer, and the Rev. John F. Locke. 
Burial was made in the Maurertown Cemetery. 

E. L. Miller. 

SHAVER. Winnett D. Shaver, son of the late Albert G. 
and Mrs. Cora Shaver, and grandson of the late Rev. E. B. 
Shaver, reparted this life on December 18, 1949, at the 
age of 59 years, 3 months and 26 days. He was a long 
time member of the Maurertown, Virginia, Brethren 
Church. He and the writer spent some time together in 
Ashland College as roommates. He was well known to 
many in the Brethren fraternity. He was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Marie Lichty of Falls City, Nebraska, who 
with their daughter Mary Ann, remain to mourn his early 
departure. He is also survived by three sisters: Mrs. C. 
L. James, Mrs. Mary Beydler and Mrs. Elmer Hisey, and 
one brother, Albert. Last rites were conducted from the 
Maurertown church with the writer and the Rev. John F. 
Locke in charge. Burial was made in the nearby cemetery. 

E. L. Miller. 



TITTLE. Orville Tittle, stricken with a heart attack 
while at his work in the Inland Manufacturing Company, 
where he had been employed for nineteen years, was a 
very active member of the West Alexandria, Ohio, Breth- 
ren Church, having served in almost every office in the 
church, serving as Superintendent of the Sunday School 
at the time of his death. Just the Sunday before his pass- 
ing away he was elected to the office of Deacon and would 
have been ordained shortly to that office. His passing 
came on December 22, 1949 at the age of just over fifty- 



eight years. He is survived by his wife, Susan; one daugh- 
ter, Mrs. Mary Stewart; three sons, Stanley, Robert and 
Dale; his mother, Mrs. Jennie Tittle; and five brothers, 
Earl, William, Merritt, Thurel and Charles. Services were 
conducted from the church with the undersigned officiat- 
ing. Burial in the Sugar Grove Cemetery. 

H. R. Garland. 



CAMPBELL. Stella Ann Campbell, a devoted member 
of the Fremont, Ohio, Brethren Church, passed to her 
reward on August 28, 1949, at the age of seventy-five 
years, having been a staunch supporter of the church and 
her Lord. One son, one daughter and a sister survive her 
passing. Funeral by the undersigned at West Independence, 
Ohio. 

G. S. Hagenbuck. 

MASON. Mary Elizabeth Mason, a faithful member of 
the Fremont, Ohio, Brethren Church, went to be with her 
Lord on March 30, 1949, at the age of seventy-seven 
years. Services held in the church with the undersigned, 
her pastor, in charge. 

G. S. Hagenbuck. 




CLAPPER-LINDSTROM. On Sunday afternoon, Janu- 
ary 1, 1950, at four o'clock at the First Brethren Church 
in Louisville, Ohio, Miss Ruth LaVonne Clapper, daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Clapper, became the bride of Mr. 
Arthur Lindstrom, son of Mrs. Mae Lindstrom of Fairfax, 
Missouri, the double ring ceremony being read by Rev. 
John T. Byler. Mrs. Paul Clapper was matron of honor 
and Miss Betty Marie Lindstrom, niece of Mr. Lindstrom, 
was maid of honor. Mr. Bryan Lindstrom of Valparaiso, 
Indiana, served his brother as best man, with Mr. Paul 
Clapper, brother of the bride and Mr. Howard Hatton of 
Oberlin, acting as ushers. 

Mrs. Lindstrom will be remembered as having served 
for some years as National Sisterhood President. She has 
gained much prominence as a singer in concerts, opera 
and radio. Mr. Lindstrom is pianist and organist on con- 
cert, radio and television. They will reside in New York 
City. 



Many a man would reach greater height if he had great- 
er depth. 

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest good 
intention. 

If criticism is needed, criticise helpfully, never spite- 
fully. 



r -'\C,K SIXTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Who Will 

Take 
Their Place 




At The 

Brethren 

Home 




The above question must be answered, 
and that very soon. For, loath as we are to 
realize that the Scotts are relinquishing 
their position as Superintendent and Matron 
of the Brethren Home, such is the case. It 
is not because they want to do this, but be- 
cause of the necessity of taking their little 
daughter, Judy, to a different climate that 
they must of necessity give up the call to 
this duty which they have so graciously and 
efficiently assumed for the past several 
years. Brother and Sister Scott have consid- 
ered, and rightly so, that the call to ad- 
minister to the needs of the residents of 
the Brethren Home is just as much a call 
to Christian work as is the call of either 
the ministry or missionary endeavor. Con- 
sequently they have assumed the obligations 
that go with these positions as they would 
have assumed should they have been a defi- 
nite call to specific church and Christian 
activity. 




It is no small task to have charge of our Brethren Home. 
The work is exacting and far too often not as appreciated 
by the Brotherhood as it should be. But, it is a task that 
will bring rewards other than mere monetary returns, 
even though the financial considerations are not at all 
small. The knowledge that one has ministered to the needs 
of another is always worth more to the administrator than 
the coin of the realm. The satisfaction that comes in the 
knowledge that here is a task well done, and that the 
closing days of the life of another have been made more 
cheerful and calm, and that pains have been eased. 

Our appeal goes out to some husband and wife to re- 
spond to the urgent NEED and to feel the call of the Lord 
to this task. The time is very short and the place must 



be filled. In order that time may be saved in whatever is 
done, we are urging anyone who is interested in this part 
of the Lord's work to contact IMMEDIATELY Brother 
L. V. King, who is the chairman of the Home Executive 
Committee, either by phone or by -letter, at his home in 
Elkhart, Indiana. His street address is 1101 Middlebury 
Street. 

At the present time this is the most important matter 
that the Benevolent Board has to consider. Would you 
want other than Brethren to be considered for this impor- 
tant work? 

Here is another case of the work of the Lord "requir- 
ing haste." IT IS IMPORTANT: IT IS ESSENTIAL. 
WRITE OR PHONE TODAY! 



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Items of genera! Interest 



Pittsburgh, Penna. We quote from the Pittsburgh bul- 
letin of January 29th: "Last week's celebration of our 
Sixtieth Anniversary can be termed a great success. Many 
thanks are due to the committee, the cooks and all who 
helped in any way to make it a success. We set a new 
record for attendance. In the morning service we had 132, 
and 78 at the evening hour. Over eighty were served at 
the pot-luck dinner and over 112 at the evening meal." 

Revival services have been scheduled for the Pittsburgh 
Church for April 2nd to 9th. The plans for this meeting 
are not altogether complete. 

Gratis, Ohio. Brother W. S. Crick, Gratis pastor, says 
that the dates of their evangelistic meetings have been 
changed, and that they will begin on February 27th in- 
stead of the 12th as formerly announced. 

A Note from Brother John F. Locke. Along with his 
quarterly notes for our Adult .Brethren Quarterly, Brother 
Locke sends the editor the following, "Please return my 
copy as previously you have done. The daily paper runs 
this material every week and in full. I feel that it is a 
good thing to supply it as long as they want it. The paper 
is one of U. S. Senator Harry Flood Byrd's. Carries no 
beer or whiskey advertisements whatever. I had a per- 
sonal letter from him recently in which he reminded me 
of this. I had asked him to support the Langer bill pro- 
hibiting advertisements. This he assured me he would 
do and hoped that it would pass ... I had a grand day at 
Hagerstown on January 29th." 

He also says that the temperature on the day he wrote 
was 80 in the shade. That's only a little higher than we 



have had it in Ashland. But we are now having some real 
winter. Wonder if Maurertown also has it? 

He also sends the following clipping from the Daily 
News-Record of Harrisonburg, Va., concerning the Golden 
Wedding of Rev. and Mrs. G. W. Chambers, a former pas- 
tor of the Mt. Olive church. "The Rev. and Mrs. G. W. 
Chambers of Orange, recently celebrated their Golden 
Wedding (January 16th). The Chambers are widely known 
in the Shenandoah Valley as Mr. Chambers served as pas- 
tor of the Mt. Olive and Bethlehem Brethren Churches for 
a number of years. Among the visitors were Mr. and Mrs. 
Wajter Ettinger and son, Edward, Mrs. E. H. Michael and 
Mrs. Leon Lam of Port Republic." Brother Locke says all 
the persons named are members of the Mt. Olive Church. 

Stockton, Calif. Brother Charles Johnson tells us that 
the dates of the coming Northern California District Con- 
ference has definitely been set as April 13th to 16th, and 
that the conference will be held at the Stockton Church. 
Brother Charles Munson is to be the guest speaker at the 
Conference and will conduct an evangelistic meeting in 
the Stockton Church from April 2nd to 16th. They are 
looking forward to a great meeting. 

Waterloo, Iowa. The Interim Planning Committee which 
took charge of the securing of men to fill the pulpit dur- 
ing the time between the leaving of Brother V. E. Meyer 
and the coming of Brother Spencer Gentle, expresses ap- 
preciation for the fine way the response was given by both 
the guest speakers and the congregation. Brother George 
Ronk was the speaker for January 29th. 

Huntington, Indiana. Brother C. Y. Gilmer reports two 
additions to the church since his last report. 

On January 29th the attendance at the Huntington 
church was: Morning — 89; Sunday School — 86; evening — 
38, 23 of which were young people. 

■Brother Gilmer reports that he has received and ac- 
cepted a call to the Huntington work for another year, 
beginning April 1st. 

The Cash Rally for the Parsonage Fund on January 15th 
was $128.66. 

Concerning the Laymen's activity, the bulletin of Janu- 
ary 15th says, "Last Tuesday evening the men repeated 
their excellent culinary ability, serving a good chili sup- 
per to 68 persons. The men had purchased 100 soup bowls 
for the church kitchen, and Mrs. Altman contributed six 
white aprons. Rev. Bert Hodge gave an excellent address 
on "The Gods of America." 

Louisville, Ohio. Brother John T. Byler reports that Rev. 
and Mrs. J. Milton Bowman have consented to spend a 
week in revival services at the Louisville church, begin- 
ning March 26 and closing April 2nd. 

New blinds were installed so the new projector supplied 
by the C. Y. F. (the young people of the church) could 
be used by the Junior church at the morning hour. 

Nappanee, Indiana. We note that a delegation of twen- 
ty-eight from the Nappanee church attended the revival 
at South Bend on January 26th. 

Loree, Indiana. The Sisterhood presented their public 
service at the Loree church on Sunday morning, January 
29th. Mrs. J. M. Bowman, National Sisterhood Patroness, 
of Peru, Indiana, was the guest speaker. 

(Continued on Page 10) , 



FEBRUARY 11, 1950 



PAGE THREE 




ATOM BOMBS 

IN A CURRENT MAGAZINE that comes to my desk reg- 
ularly, I came across a little filler" at the bottom of 
one of the pages. It seemed to me that it needed a larger 
space than that which it occupied. It struck me so force- 
fully 

That it set me to thinking! 

Here is what I read: "What the world needs now for 
its ills is a good atom balm." 

There are so many implications here. Being, as we are, 
a nation of mighty possibilities, with top scientists con- 
tinually searching and experimenting, and at last accom- 
plishing; and then immediately going out on another 
searching expedition, new and astonishing revelations of 
the possibilities which have always been locked up in 
nature are constantly brought out. That is not strange in 
itself, for God, in His infinite knowledge, has put this uni- 
verse together in such a manner that new and awe-inspir- 
ing combinations of the elements are constantly being 
brought to light. These possibilities have always existed 
— they just need to be found, but the sad thing about it is 
that, while God formed them for constructive work, man 
has turned them into weapons of destruction. 

The first atom bomb that exploded and cast its destruc- 
tive powers upon the world, was simply the signal for 
nations to rush to find a more destructive instrument to 
counteract the destructive powers of the first. So now the 
original "A" .Borrib is to give place to the "Hydrogen" 
bomb, for which scientists claim a destructive force many 
times more potent than the "A" bomb, and they are claim- 
ing that its discovery is a sign of the strength of a nation 
already deep in the throes of a "cold war" which can at 
any moment break out into a "hot war" of infinite destruc- 
tion. 

But is it a sign of strength ? ? Rather we would say it 
is a sign of weakness. Probably not of physical weak- 
ness, for the nation proved no weakling in the late World 
War — but rather, we may say, it is a sign of a national 
moral and spiritual weakening. 

What this nation — and in fact all nations of the world 
— needs is a weapon which, though it is pronounced the 
same way, has a far different connotation. This weapon 
is not a "bomb" of destruction, but a "balm" that will 
soothe the wounds of an already wounded and dying world. 
The one is a Bomb Of Mighty Battle; while the other is a 
Balm Applied in Love and Mercy. ' 

When Jeremiah, under the direction of the Lord, stood 
at the "gate of the Lord's house" to proclaim His word, 
and warn the men of Judah to amend their ways, he asks 
them a very significant question, "Is there no halm in 
Gilead; is there no physician there?" Yes, there is balm 
in Gilead, but they have failed to recognize it and use it 
to heal the hurt of the nation, to "recover the health of 
the daughter of my people." 

The reason? Because "every man is brutish in his 



knowledge . . . they are vain" and theirs are "works of 
error." 

How far away from these accusations are we today ? 
Isn't it about time the Christians — "Christ followers"- — of 
the world begin to cause the balm of healing to be poured 
upon the sores of the world? It can be done with: more of 
Christ — less of coveting; more love — less lucre; more spir- 
ituality — less shibboleths; more missionaries — less more 
money; more prayers — less platitudes; more common 
sense — less conference sessions; more balm — less bomb'. 

Why have not the nations tried the only real cure for 
the ills of the world — the message of Jesus Christ? Who 
is to blame — the nations or the church? Can the failure 
to apply the "balm" be remedied even yet? It can, if 
Christians really want to apply it. Read again the parahe 
of the Good Samaritan, as it comes from the lips of Jesu •, 
and then stop and ponder a bit. In that story the "relig- 
ious" leaders failed, and another had to take over their 
rightful task. That is what Jesus does not want His 
Church to do, and that is why He told that parable. There 
is a great deal here for us to think about and it is about 
time we seriously 

Think it over! 



Office Gleanings 

By The Editor 



MORE PUBLICATION OFFERINGS 

Three more "Church" offerings have been received up 
to the time this goes to press. We are asking that you 
send in your Church offering to the Publishing House just 
as soon as possible. We would like to make a complete 
check of the entire Brotherhood in the very near future. 

In the case of individual offerings which are sent di- 
rect to the Publishing house, we are endeavoring to give 
credit, not only to the individual, but also to the church 
where their membership is held. You will find these in the 
parenthesis following the name. We are not always sure 
where the membership is held, since some do not so state, 
but wherever it is possible, this is being done. 

The following have been received for this report: 

Denver, Indiana, Brethren Church 24.75 

Miss Carrie Stoffer and Mrs. Myrtle Kessinger, 

Haddix, Kentucky $ 5.00 

Frank M. Miller, Waynesboro, Pa 15.00 

Mrs. Mabel Beachler, Ashland, Ohio (Hagerstown) 10.00 
Esther E. Black, Geneva College, Beaver Falls, 

Pa. (Ashland) 25.00 

New Paris, Indiana, Brethren Church 109.97 

Nappanee, Indiana, Brethren Church 112.25 

Additional Press and Equipment Fund 

Frank M. Miller, Waynesboro, Pa $10.00 

Mrs. Lulu Snellenberger, Warsaw, Ind. (Warsaw) . . 5.00 



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UNTO OTHER; 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 




An Urgent Appeal 

By L. V. King, Treasurer Benevolent Board 



HERE WE ARE AGAIN, making our Annual Appeal 
for another offering. "Just another offering," so 
many are apt to say. And perhaps this is true. But it is 
the only way we have to support our aged Brethren and 
to carry on the work of the Brethren's Home at Flora, In- 
diana. Without this annual offering we would have to say 
to our aged people, "There is no money available for you 
this year, because many thought it was 'just another of- 
fering'." We are sure you would not want this to happen. 
Therefore, as your servants, elected by your represen- 
tatives at General Conference to do this type of work, we 
'have no other course than to appeal for this offering. 

But I would like to ask for something entirely different 
in this article. Something most of us say we believe in, 
yet do not practice as we ought. It is something that may 
even be harder than reaching down in our pockets and 
giving. I am wondering how many of our people remem- 
ber this phase of the work in prayer daily; and how often 
we ask our prayer groups to remember in prayer the aged 
people who are in our Brethren's Home as life or resident 
members and those outside the Home who are receiving 
aid from the Retired Ministers' Fund ? 

So in this article I would like to solicit your prayers for 
three needs: 

First. Pray that the Lord will send the right couple to 
take the place of the Scotts as Superintendent and Matron 
of the Brethren's Home at Flora. Since these good people 
are forced to leave (because of the health of their daughter, 
Judy) at the close of their contract March 1st or soon 
thereafter, and in any event not later than the time of the 
close of the public schools, we will face a dilemma unless, 
through the prayers of the entire denomination, the Lord 
will call forth a consecrated couple who are capable of 
fulfilling this Christian duty. We need a couple who are 
healthy and strong physically; a couple who love old folks 
and know how to get along with them; and this couple 
must be consecrated to the Lord and feel that here is an 
opportunity to do some real service for Christ and the 
Church. 

Second. We solicit your prayers for those who are life, 
or resident, members of the Brethren's Home. It is our 
aim to make the Home just as much like a Christian home 
as possible. And yet here a group of people, from differ- 
ent walks of life, must live together, and it is necessary to 



have certain rules and to ask the people to abide by these ' 
rules. This, of course, is difficult sometimes for aged peo- 
ple to fully realize since, in their own homes, they were 
more or less their own bosses. There is danger, therefore, 
that those living under this changed condition become dis- 
satisfied and, in consequence, develop an attitude that of- 
ten makes it hard for those around them. Will you pray 
that these aged people might be able to grow sweet, as 
well as grow old? This will make for a very pleasant 
Christian environment and fellowship which we desire so 
much. If these people know that we are constantly remem- 
bering them in prayer, it will make them more confident 
and assure a finer attitude toward each other. 

Third. Will you pray for the aged Ministers and wives 
and widows who are receiving the Retired Ministers' Fund 
support ? They are receiving this because they are touched 
by some disabiilty which prevents them from continuing 
in the work and thus completely supporting themselves. 
Will you pray that what we are unable to give them in 
money may be supplied in some other way? We want, too, 
that they shall feel confident that their needs will be fully 
supplied because this full assurance will help them to grow 
old and still retain a sweet and optimistic spirit. I wish 
that all of these might retain that sweet, cheerful dis- 
position that was always shown by Dr. and Mrs. Rench, 
and which is still shown by Mrs. Rench, even though forced 
to live alone. And yet she is not living alone, for she knows 
something of the sweet comfort and presence of her Sav- 
iour. 

It is wonderful to grow old and yet retain a clear mind, 
a sweet disposition, and a helpful spirit. So pray that this 
may be the happy experience of all our aged people, espe- 
cially those dependent somewhat upon the work of the 
Benevolent Board. If you were to read some of the letters 
your Treasurer receives from those receiving aid, you 
would know something of the appreciation they do show. 
For instance, I wish I could have all of you read the al- 
most monthly letters that come from the pen of Dr. Mar- 
tin Shively, after receiving the Retired Ministers' check. 
It would encourage you, and I am sure, knowing this ap- 
preciation, you would give more liberally of your money 
and your prayers for this worthy cause. 

— Elkhart, Indiana. 



FEBRUARY 11, 1950 



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DR. RICHARD C. BUKER is the kind of man who loves 
things most people shun. 

For .example, as a missionary for 14 years, in a remote 
mountain region of northern Burma and Thailand, he 
single-handedly organized a chain of colonies for despised 
leprosy victim, driven from their homes to starve in the 
jungles. 

At the same time, he stalked the countryside for what 
is regarded as the most impressive snake collection ever 
assembled in that part of the world. 

Living in primitive areas, he learned to relish such 
strange foods as wasp lava, leopard meat and python 
steak. The latter, he admitted, was a "bit on the greasy 
side." 

As for his snake collection, he confessed a little sadly 
that he was in Burma for nearly eight years before cap- 
turing his first King Cobra. 

"I was thumping along a road near the northern Burma- 
China border, when suddenly a large and beautiful, snake 
darted across the road," said. "I yelled at my driver 
to stop. But not being familiar with his language, I had 
trouble making myself understood." 

When the driver finally stopped the car, Dr. Buker's 
"beloved snake" had disappeared. "But imagine my joy," 
he exclaimed, "when on reaching the top of an embank- 
ment, I found an enormous golden black King Cobra, coiled 
in an irrigation ditch." 

Dr. Buker lobbed a few stones and lumps of dirt at the 
prostrate form, which immediately responded by flaring its 
hood and hissing ominously. An old hand at snake-catch- 
ing, Dr. Buker jumped behind the Cobra, grapped him by 
the tail, and threw him onto the road. 

"I thought this might stun him," he explained, "but he 
started for a ravine. Luckily I put my foot down just in 
time." 

Dr. Buker leaned over to grab the Cobra around the 
neck, the snake twisted its head, burying its fangs into 
his heavy, protecting boot. 

"I realized then," he explained, "I couldn't pick up such 
a large snake. So I tied a rope around his neck and threw 
him in a gunny sack." 

The knowledge Dr. Buker picked up as a snake-collector 
was of great value to allied soldiers during the war. At- 
tached to the Surgeon General's Office, he prepared a spe- 
cial booklet on the poisonous snakes of Burma, which 
served as a guide to British and American G. I.'s enter- 
ing that area. 

Dr. Buker brings to snake-collecting the devotion of an 
ardent hobbyist. But his real passion is to aid the leprosy 
sufferers of Asia. Last week, he was on his way back to 
Asia, this time as head of Chiengmai Leprosy Colony, in 
Thailand. 

His appointment is unique in missionary annals, since 
Dr. Buker is a Baptist, loaned to the Presbyterian Church 
U. S. A., and supported by American Leprosy Missions, 
Inc., an inter-denominational agency representing more 
than 35 denominations. 

The area to which Dr. Buker is being sent and the nor- 



thern area, where he worked before the war, is one of the 
leprosy "hot spots" of the world. Here between 8 an.i 15 
leprosy victims are found among every 1000 persons. Only 
in certain African countries is there such a high incidence 
of leprosy. 

The thing which depresses Dr. Buker the most is Che 
shabby way in which the leprosy sufferers are treated by 
the rest of the population. "The average person kno .t. 
nothing about leprosy," he said. "The natives think a devil 
has entered the body of the leprosy victim, and they drive 
him out of his home." 

Actually, according to Dr. Buker, the disease is onl ■ 
slightly contagious, and is not, as many people assume, a 
disease caused uy filthy living habits. 

"No one really knows the cause of leprosy," he contin- 
ued. "But we know definitely it is not caused by unclean- 
liness. It strikes the lowly and the mighty, the clean ,ml 
the unclean." 

"Another myth widely held by people is the notion that 
leprosy causes death. It's not true. Leprosy might weaken 
a person till he might become the victim of a deathde.il- 
ing ailment, but in itself it is not fatal." 

"The greatest tragedy of leprosy in Asia and Africn, is 
the severe economic drain it imposes on the community. 
In terms of net loss to the community it is the third worst 
disease in the world." 

Dr. Buker said his main obj.ect in dealing with leprosy 
victims is to make them as happy and normal as possible. 
He doesn't believe in splitting up families, unless it is 
absolutely necessary, and he believes in getting victims 
together in colonies. 

Before the war, he carried out his feelings on this score 
by establishing nine leprosy colonies along the frontiers 
of Burma, China and Thailand. Usually, there were frovn 
twenty to two hundred leprosy sufferers in each colony. 
All of them worked, when they were able to for two hours 
a day, performing such useful jobs as road building, veg- 
etable gardening and rice planting. In this way, they be- 
came self-supporting and self-respecting. 

Even though Dr. Buker had his charges in separate vil- 
lages, they suffered greatly at the hands of nearby com- 
munities. Witch doctors, and others, cursed them regular- 
ly and would tear down a fence to let stray cattle in to 
tramp down the colonies' rice fields and gardens. 

Dr. Buker believes one way leprosy victims of Asia can 
get ahead is by forming associations, similar to what the 
blind have in this country. He thinks this would not only 
help to give them a sense of importance and worth, but 
would strengthen their economic position. 

Dr. Buker has a lot of faith in his people, fondly re- 
ferring to them as the "best citizens of Asia." He points 
to the fine schooling they receive in mission stations and 
to the fact that they learn plenty about their disease, and 
about Jesus Christ while being cured. 

Just before he left, Dr. Buker was heartened to hear that 
the Christian Endeavorers and King's Daughters of the 
Chiengmai Leprosy Colony had sent some money out c f 
their meagre allowances for the World Council of Churches 
gathering at Bangkok. He knew too, that Chiengmai taken 



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over by the Siam government during the war, was once 
more in the hands of the Presbyterian mission. 

As Dr. Buker takes up his work in Thailand, he will 
have the satisfaction of knowing that another Buker will 
probably take up where he leaves off. He has a son, study- 
ing to be a medical missionary. You have only to meet 
the father to know the son will serve the same people in 
the name of the Master. 



Travel Flashes 



Dr. Charles A. Bame 



'Dr. £>ouis Glenn Cocke's "Gext 'Books 
Used in 0?any Schools 

We received the following clipping from "The Northern 
Virginia Daily" under the date of January 13, 1950, which 
will be of interest to many readers of The Evangelist. 
Brother' L. G. Locke is the brother of Rev. John F. Locke, 
and is a member of the Maurertown Brethren Church, and 
was but recently elected and ordained to the office of 
deacon in the Maurertown Church, as reported by Brother 
E. L. Miller in his news letter two weeks ago. Mrs. Locke 
is the daughter of Brother and Sister C. G. Wolf of North 
Liberty, Indiana. 

The clipping reads as follows: 

"Moie than KM) colleges and universities are now us- 
ing the freshman English anthologies, 'Toward Liberal 
Education,' and 'Introduction to Literature,' by Dr. Louis 
Glenn Locke, professor of English at Mary .Baldwin Col- 
lege in Staunton, Virginia. 

"Dr. Locke is a native son of Woodstock, Virginia, and 
is a son of Mrs. Tura'h F. Locke of that place, and a 
brother of the Rev. John F. Locke of Maurertown. 

"Published by Rhinehart & Company in the summer of 
1948, there is also available a one-volume edition under 
the title of 'Readings for Liberal Education.' 

"The most distant institution of higher learning to 
make 'Readings for Liberal Education' compulsory is the 
American University at Cairo, Egypt. 

"Recently the University of California at Los Angeles 
printel a copyrighted syllabus for all freshmen directing 
them in bheir study of 'Toward Liberal Education.' Among 
other large universities where the books have been adopted 
for use in Freshman English courses are Wisconsin, North- 
western, Cornell, Ohio State, Michigan State, Louisiana, 
and Tulane. 

"Popular also among colleges for women, the books are 
currently studied at Wellesley, Pennsylvania College for 
Women, Hollins, Randolph-Macon, Agnes Scott, Hood, 
Mills and Mary Baldwin College, among many others." 



America has some fine ruins, many of them may be seen 
at the night clubs. 

The crown of the home is godliness. The beauty of the 
home is ORDER. 

"Nobody knows what is in the human heart but Christ. 
We do not know our own hearts; none of us have any idea 
how bad they are." 



"Here and There" 

THERE IS a somewhat mystical story in I Kings 20:40 
about a servant who had as an excuse, "As thy ser- 
\ ant was busy here and there, he was gone." In it> he 
ha:l a charge to keep and k"pt it not; but we resist such 
an implication. We have been busy all of 1949 and much 
longer in the Master's service. Together in 1949 Mrs. B. 
and I traveled more than 15,000 miles — not too many with- 
out each other. Yet we made no long trips nor wasted 
much gasoline for selfish trips, and although it is less than 
200 miles from here to the home of our daughter and her 
lovely children, we have not visited them for more than a 
year, even though she insists. Moreover, we do have good 
friends in and near Chicago whom we usually wish to see 
besides, and a number of whom are lifelong friends who 
insist we come. Indeed, it is the larger pastorate I serve 
speaking for other churches, as well as the 10 or 15 mile 
trek I must make to visit my parishioners, who are una- 
ware how much gasoline it takes to drive GO to 100 miles 
a week to fulfill my responsibilities to them and their con- 
gregation. 

Don't Blame My Car 

One good friend who never forgets former pastoral 
friendships, each Christmas writes us a letter — the kind of 
greetings we love. The last one sympathetically says, "I 
do hope that you'll not have too much trouble with your 
car." But who can expect any car to run 15,000 miles with- 
out mishap or expense? Figure it up if any think I am 
stretching the item. The lowest pay for mileage I know is 
five cents a mile and at that rate the allowable expense 
for our transportation would be $750.00 for the year, and 
we did not spend that much. 

Protected 

One thing for which we praise the Lord continually is 
that we have the health and vigor to go with no serious 
disease affecting or limiting us. We have had no accident 
during the year that just slipped into Eternity. We have 
had no serious sickness and I have missed but one service 
on such account. Laryngitis is not kind to a speaker; that 
get me, but I found a substitute who supplies for -me in 
such eventualities. I was dated for extra Sunday evening 
addresses solidly for January, and also for February and 
will drive 15 to 20 miles for half of them. Pray that God 
will continue His mercies to me and to all who trust Him. 

We Are Whizzing 

Auto accidents are appalling these days all on account 
of too much booze and speed. The original Henry Ford 
long ago said, "Gasoline and booze do not mix." Of course 
he meant for safety. But they do mix in more than 75 Vr 
of the accidents and most of the murders committed. De- 
prived of good judgment with the slightest amount of 
liquor; boasting of ability which it has taken from the 
indulger; losing coordination and ability to see clearly; 
maddened too many times by the conduct of other drivers 
because they do not "speed" at 75 to 90 miles around 



FEBRUARY 11, 1950 

curves and across slippery, icy, or "greasy" roads — they 
step on it. As someone has written important advice: 

Sing While You Drive 

At 45 miles per hour, sing, "Highways are Happy Ways''; 
At 55 miles, sing, "I'm but a stranger here; heaven is my 

home"; 
At 65 miles, sing, "Nearer My God to Thee"; 
At 75 miles, sing, "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, 

I'll be there." 
And at 85 miles, sing, "Lord I'm coming home." 

My advice is that speeders cut this out and paste it on 
their instrument board. 

Dizzy-Drunk 

Governmentally, we are "drunk with desire for power." 
It is painfully apparent that "getting votes" is the main 
object among our politicians. When a defeated candidate 
recently was much chided for his defeat, he faced his prin- 
cipal opponent for the place he attained with the rejoinder, 
"Go out ,and see if you can be elected on such a platform" 
— and he is no "small potato!" The significent thing anent 
this reply is that it is the major appeal of candidates of- 
fering things they can not consciously deliver, and at the 
same time know well they dig deep graves for the liberties 
for which millions of our forefathers gave their "last full 
measure." "Taxation without representation was the key- 
note to the Revolution that gave us our beloved America; 
but now they reach into every last gain we make to take 
a toll of our earnings, some of which we never know we 
have, because they take it and promise What best-advised 
men believe they will never be able to deliver. 

Enemies 

Now we know that for many years enemies have been 
in high governmental places, with what to most of us, 
would be enormous salaries; coddled, protected and de- 
fended by officers who take it out of one pocket and prom- 
ise to put it into another, while our dollar value contin 
ually and certainly recedes and parents and grandparents 
vote taxes on their posterity for centuries, that they may 
win an election for their party, or loll in imagined luxury 
and pleasure for which posterity must pay. Is that Chris- 
tian ? Can deficit spending be justified by any means under 
the greatest prosperity of any nation in all human records ? 
And do not blame the President for it all. How about the 
man who does the voting for you in congress or legisla- 
ture; the man who is expected to protect your interests, 
liberties and ideals? The man I am telling you about is 
the man for whom you vote, expecting temporary pros- 
perity, pleasure and income at the expense of your chil- 
dren and grandchildren, who will be paying the bill as 
long as you and they live. 

Are We< Blind? 

No Christian needs to be ignorant of the fact that pro- 
hibition (not the party) gave to America the greatest 
period of prosperity any nation ever had. Then we did 
not pay out 15 billions for crime; $9,600,000,000 for booze, 
nor 57 million for the F. B. I. to trace criminals. We 
kicked out beer steins and raised Holsteins; replacing beer 
with milk. Every good thing was better and every bad 
thing lessened, and the figures are available to prove it. 
But until Christians vote to protect their children — not 
their dollars, we'll go on dizzily slipping further and fur- 
ther toward the doom of all nations who forget God. 



PAGE SEVEN 

Christians have been dumb long enough; they can still 
win this battle if they get enough salvation to vote right, 
not wrong; for good, not evil; for piety, not pleasure; life, 
not luxury; be the courageous, brave patriot, not the buf- 
foon; be the hero, not the imposter, charlatan or pretend- 
er; remember God, not the devil. The time is late. We 
are in the "last days"; Peter settled that for all time and 
all comers. Acts 2:16, 17. Blessed is that people who have 
such advisers or interpreters of Scripture who know what 
is happening and are unafraid to say it. So let us "watch 
and be ready." Let no Christian be holding to money when 
He comes, not a ballot that means only promised safety 
of his dollars, which mean nothing to Kim whose we are 
and whom we serve. James 5:1-6. The next big event in 
the Calendar of the Almighty is the Day of Accounting. 
Matt. 25:46; I Cor. 3:8, 14; John 14:1-3; Matt. 16:27; Heb. 
11:6; Rev. 22:12; Jude 6 and 13; John 5:29. 



By Charles E 



mory Dyers 



"The child is father of the man." From Intimations of 
Immortality. — William Wordsworth. 

Every man is his own father. This paradox is true, as 
life proves in every individual. 

You think your father is someone else, but not so. You 
are your own father. From babyhood up every habit you 
let fasten itself upon you becomes the father of every act 
along that line in everyday life. 

Take all the habits you form and all the characteristics 
you develop year after year in your childhood and they 
constitute the fatherhood of your later actions, thoughts 
and characteristics of your later life. Thus your childhood 
is father of your manhood. It becomes king and dictator 
of all your actions and directs your thoughts and inclina- 
tions. This tyrannical father of your manhood determines 
your character and very destiny. Therefore this father 
ought to be wise and discriminating. And there has been 
established every means to make him so. 

Your habits which finally become your character are 
most exacting and tyrannical. If this childhood father is 
a benevolent despot it is because it has been directed along 
lines of benevolency. If this father of the man is allowed 
to develop along the lines of selfishness and all its traits 
then the man is helpless and must eat the ill-tasting fruits 
thereof. 

Still some have not learned. The criminal has devel- 
oped thus because his "father," the child, permitted it. 
His habits and trends grew in that direction because 
they were encouraged to do so by the "father." These 
criminal trends found fertile soil and flourished. The world 
has far too many of this kind of child-father directed in- 
dividuals. 

This potent child-father is a tender impressionable thing. 
It does not look or seem in its innocent appearance like 
the potent giant it is. It needs wise direction and careful 
nurture. This direction and nurture come best in a good 
home where the right environment ministers to that kind 
of development. And the best instrument in that home is 
a wise and tolerant mother. She is schoolmaster to the 
father of the man. Her performance tells the story of the 
rise and fall of nations and empires. 



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The Loree, Indiana, Brethren Church Choir 




The Choir of the Loree, Indiana, Brethren Church is presented above. It is well 
known over the territory in which the church is situated and has been called upon for 
many special services throughout the county in various churches of other denomina- 
tions, as well as our own. The choir is under the direction of Mrs. Edward Bargerhuff. 
The choir is now preparing to present their annual Easter Cantata. They recently sang 
at the Mexico revival. 

The personnel of the choir, reading left to right, as shown above is: Mrs. Edward 
Lippold, pianist; Miss Sueann Dunn, Miss Doris Walters, Mrs. Alice Lippold, Mrs. Ed- 
ward Bargerhuff, Mrs. Gervace Anderson, Mrs. Charles Hammond, Miss Betty Miller, 
Mrs. Harrell Waters. Back row: Paul Lemaster, Roscoe Zerbe, James Payne, Edward 
Lippold, Gene Lippold and Omer Lippold. 

Rev. Robert K. Higgins is pastor of this fast growing church. They have been 
united with the Mexico, Indiana, Brethren Church as a circuit, but on March 1st will 
become a full time charge, with Brother Higgins remaining as their pastor. His resig- 
nation has been presented to the Mexico Church. 



The Empty Pew 

A Tragedy in Four Acts 



Act I. An Empey Pew 

Minister depressed. Friends wondering. Motoring? 
Week-end Gaiety? Indisposition? Lack of Interest? Why? 
Unbelievers rejoicing! 

Act II. An Empty Heart 

Much engrossed. Terribly tempted by the secular. No 
time for God, or prayer, or thought on higher things. Ill- 
prepared for temptation — often giving way. 



Act III. An Empty Life 

Influence for God, nil. Influence for Church, nil. Influ- 
ence over children, helping them to choose the best, nil. 
No accumulation of faith or power over others for good. 

Act IV. An Empty Heaven 

No treasures laid up there by faithfulness below. No 
special adaptation to or fitness for life at God's right 
hand. No understanding of the deep things. 

God alone knows the real tragedy of the Empty Pew! 

— Huntington, Indiana Bulletin. 



FEBRUARY 11, 1950 



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The rr KW Tired" Preacher 

(When Brother Riddle saw the poem in last week's issue 
of the Evangelist he came to me and said, "I dare you to 
write a poem on "The Real Tired Preacher." I said, "Just 
for that Pll do it." Well here it is, such as it is. — Editor) 

A man sat at his study desk, 

Grey streaks were in his hair, 

Brought there because he'd shculdered 

the congregation's care. 

An Open Book was uppermost, 

Tts pages soiled and crossed 

With an arrow pointing to the verse 

r i hat tol 1 how man was lost. 

A closer look revealed the fact 

That tears bedimmed his eyes: 

His lips move silently in prayer, 

His breath comes in great sighs. 

He'd preached his heart out to his church 

In the message he had given, 

To show t'he people how to reach 

The Pearly Gates of Heaven. 

Hal they responded? Had they moved 

To go forth, Christ to serve; 

To give themselves in sacrifice 

The message to preserve ? 

They'd said, "The message of this day 

Was very touching, sure; 

And we all hope that you will find 

Someone to take the cure." 

,But not a one had come to him 

And said, "That message, sir, has sure 

Caused me to think that I would like 

To help you give that cure. 

What can I do, today — just how 

To help you with the task? 

I can't do much, but then I thought, 

'Twouldn't hurt a bit to ask." 

The preacher now sat at his desk 
And mulled the service o'er — 
He'd told them what he'd told them 
So many times before; 
And they had always listened 
(Or it surely looked that way) 
But it had always happened 
Just as it did today. 

He'd done his best; he'd preached The Word 

He'd done the best he could. 

Great things could be accomplished 

If the people only would 

Heed the Word, and go to work 

With hearts all filled with song, 

To do what God would have them do 

To help the cause along. 

But they don't — 

That's why he's tired, "real tired" today. 

It's not the stress of work 

It's just the fact that Christians are 

Inclined a bit to shirk, 



And leave the preacher with a load 
That's more than he can bear. 
Say! — Help to take that tiredness off 
And ease his load of care. 



Spiritual flDefcitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 

FAITHFUL— HOW LONG? 

"... be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee 
a crown of life." Revelation 2:10. 

FAITHFULNESS IN THE Christian is both commanded 
and commended. CHRIST both commands and com- 
mends. First He urges faithfulness, His own faithfulness 
to the task which the Father committed to Him being our 
example and inspiration. And the commendation lies in 
the promised reward, "I will give thee a crown of life." 
The nature of the task which is ours has nothing to do 
with our duty to be faithful. Neither, again, does the prom- 
inence of our place and task have anything to do with 
our reward. As in the parable of the Pounds, it is not the 
number of the trusts committed to our care, but how did 
we use them? 

Also in our text is the suggestion of the length of t'he 
duration of our faithfulness — unto death." At another 
place in the Word we are told that "He that endureth to 
the end shall be saved." Many people start out in their 
Christian life with high hopes and great activity, but soon 
they come against opposition and trial and then they be- 
come discouraged and their enthusiasm cools off and they 
lose interest and quit. It is easy to lose sight of the prom- 
ises of God, and to forget that we have an unfailing source 
of strength with which to meet life's trials. 

Annie Johnson Flint, the beloved Christian poetess, has 
put the thought in this litle pom: 

What God Hath Promised 

God hath not promised 

Skies always blue, 
Flower-strewn pathways 

All our lives through; 
God hath not promised 

Sun without rain, 
Joy without sorrow, 

Peace without pain. 

But God hath promised 

Strength for the day, 
Rest from the labor 

Light for the way, 
Grace for the trials, 

Help from above, 
Unfailing sympathy, 

Undying love." 

And the concluding thought I wish to leave for this study 
is found in another verse of Scripture, "My grace is suf- 
ficient for thee." 

— Linwood, Maryland. 



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Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Page 2) 

Brother Higgins reports the average Sunday School at- 
tendance for the first four Sundays of 1950 was 154. They 
are striving for an attendance of 200 for Easter. 

The W. M. S. will hold their public service on Sunday 
evening, February 12, with the Miami County Home Ec. 
Chorus singing. 

St. James, Maryland. The St. James 4H club boys, un- 
der the leadership of James Norris, won a high 'honor in 
receiving the Blue Club award of $25.00 in the recreation 
and arts program. 

Akron, Ohio — Firestone Park. Brother Dodds reports 
that there were twenty-one enrollees present at their 
Leadership Training Class on Tuesday, January 24th. 
They had set their goal for this class at 25. 

Six hundred dollars has been raised by the canvassing 
committee toward the paying of the building debt of $2,- 
250.00. 

A committee of twenty-eight personal workers has 
been organized for the coming evangelistic meeting at 
which meeting Brother John T. Byler will be the evan- 
gelist. 

Dayton, Ohio. Brother S. M. Whetstone, Dayton pastor, 
reports the baptism and reception of two new members 
on January 25th. 

Canton, Ohio. Word has been received from Canton that 
at a recent business meeting it was decided that in the 
future the Canton church will be known as "The Trinity 
Brethren Church of Canton, Ohio." Brother Edwin Board- 
man has been chosen to remain as supply pastor until 
such time as they may obtain a resident pastor. He com- 
mutes from Ashland each week end. 

Lanark, Illinois. The evening service on Sunday eve- 
ning, January 22nd, was in charge of the Youth Church. 
The Youth Fellowship had charge of the evening service 
on January 29th. 

We learn from the Lanark Bulletin that the Central 
District Winter Camp will be held at Milledgeville, the 
date to be announced later. 

Ashland, Ohio. In observance of Youth Week at the 
Park Street Church three services were in charge of the 
Christian Endeavorers. On Wednesday evening, February 
1st, the College Youth and the Adults held a joint meet- 
ing, with the opening part of the program in charge of 
the young people. The speaker for the evening was Dr. 
Glenn L. Clayton, President of Ashland College. A fine at- 
tendance and interest was shown. 

The second service was at the Christian Endeavor hour 
on Sunday evening, February 5th, when the College En- 
deavor played host to the other two societies, Interme- 
diate and Junior, with an hour of fun and fellowship. A 
fine program was rendered. The count of youth present 
showed the attendance to be ninety-one. 

The third service was the evening service hour follow- 
ing. In this service members of the Junior C. E. had charge 
of the opening devotional service. This was followed by 
a radio program from Station A. C. E., the script of which 



was written by Miss Margaret Lowery, National C. E. 
President, with various members of the College and In- 
termediate Societies taking the leading roles. A very large 
audience was well repaid for coming to this service. 

The boys of the Junior Brotherhood have purchased and 
planted a number of bulbs in the church flower garden. 
At the recent communion they presented a gift of 100 new 
song books, and are now sponsoring the purchase of a new 
duplicating machine for the church. These boys are right 
on the job. 

The two Woman's Missionary Societies join in present- 
ing the Mission Study, "Japan Begins Again," on Sunday 
evening, February 19th. Dr. E. G. Mason, President Em- 
eritus of Ashland College, and teacher in the History De- 
partment of the college, will present this study. 

On Sunday evening, February 26th, Dean M. A. Stuckey 
will tell of his recent travels in Europe, which promises 
to be very interesting. 

On Saturday, February 25th, the Brethren Youth of 
Northeastern Ohio will gather at the Park Street Church 
for a day of fellowship, Fun, Food and Faith. Clothing is 
being gathered to ship to Germany. Hence their slogan 
for the day, "A Day for Germany." 



National Goals Program 

Rev. ]. G. Dodds, Chairman 



AN INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUP IN EVERY 
CHURCH 

Missionary Goal, Number 3 

By C. Y. Gilmer, Member of the National Goals Committee 

OUR NEW MISSIONARIES to Argentina left the 
homeland insisting that we pray daily for them. They 
still feel the same way, and more so, that we should daily 
intercede for them at the golden gate of prayer. 

DO IT TODAY 

"Will you not pray for us? Each day we need 
Your prayers, for oft the way is rough and long, 
And our lips falter and forget their song, 
And we proclaim the Word men will not heed. 

"Will you not pray for us? Alone we stand 
To stem the awful tide of sin and shame, 
To cast out demons in the mighty Name 
Which is alone the hope of every land. 

"Pray, pray for us! we are but vessels frail; 

The world's appalling need would crush us down ..." 

There is a glorious reward promised for those who pray 
for the soul winner. Paul taught the Philippians that if 
they would pray for him the result would be the salvation 
of souls (Phil. 1:19). Intercessory praying for other soul 
winners does not excuse us from our own winning of 
souls, but God will honor those who pray for those who 
win souls. 

"I like to feel that though on earth 
We seldom meet, 

Yet we may hold heart-fellowship 



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At God's dear feet. 
I like to feel that in the work 

Thou hast to do 
That I, by lifting hands of prayer, 

May help thee, too. 
1 like to think that in the path 

His love prepares, 
Thy steps m.ay sometimes stronger prove 

Through secret prayer. 
I like to think that when on high 

Results we see, 
Perchance thou wilt rejoice that I 

Thus prayed for thee!" 

In behalf of all our missionaries and native workers 
in Argentina let us all meet, Brethren, at the mercy seat! 
We all have to depend upon the Holy Spirit because the 
results we seek will not be brought by man, but by God's 
Spirit. Through intercessory prayer the Brethren Church 
could have a Pentecost of power. We do so need the breath 
of Heaven, the holy anointing, the fulness of the Spirit, 
the manifest presence of God. 

"Ah! whither could we flee for aid, 
When tempted, desolate, dismayed; 
Or, how the hosts of Hell defeat, 
Had suffering saints no mercy seat?" 

We need broken and penitent hearts because of our slow- 
ness in carrying out the Great Commission. We need to 
be so urgent and believing in our prayers. Our wills should 
be chastened and surrendered. Our motives need to be 
cleansed. Then we may expect the Holy Ghost upon us in 
mighty power. 

Dear Pastors in the homeland: Please do form definite 
intercessory prayer band® right now in behalf of our dear 
friends who have so lately gone out from us. This is a 
call to the mercy seat. 

"There is a scene where spirits blend, 
Where friend holds fellowship with friend; 
Though sundered far, by faith they meet 
Around one common mercy seat." 



IBits of IBretkren History 

By H. C. Funderburg 
JONATHAN MYERS, SR. 

JONATHAN MYERS moved from Maryland to Kentucky 
in 1795 and settled near Lexington. Afterward he lived 
at Frankfort, Danville and Lebanon. He was in the min- 
istry when he left Maryland. He was advanced and or- 
dained in due time to the Eldership, which he held until 
the time of his death. Considerable trouble developed, 
during which time some joined the group under Alexan- 
der Campbell, and also the "Hornerite" movement came 
into being. 

Elder Myers remained firm with the old church, but 
owing to troubles became discouraged, and in 1824 moved 
to Putnam County, Indiana and settled five miles north 
of Greencastle. Here he met quite a number of Brethren 
who had just come to this new country from Roanoke, 
Bonsack and elsewhere in Virginia. Among these were 

the Guilliams, Smiths, Millers and others. They soon or- 



ganized a church near Forsher's Mill. They also organized 
a church at Comstock, four miles south of Ladoga, Mont- 
gomery County. 

Among the foremost families of the church were the 
Haishbergers, Brits, Stivers and others. Elder Myers later 
moved to Boon County, and later to White River, south of 
Indianapolis, at which place he died. 

His son, Francis Myers, was born near Lebanon, Ken- 
tucky, in 1806. In his fourteenth year he joined the church. 
In his eighteenth year he was called to the ministry and 
soon afterward went with his parents to Putnam County, 
Indiana. Here he took an active part with his father in 
establishing the church in Putnam Park and Montgomery 
Counties. Elder Jacob Garber from Pennsylvania and 
Elder Daniel Miller from Virginia, moved into the church 
at an early date. Francis was pastor of the church at La- 
goda from 1842 to 1846. 

During this time Robert Miller, then a young man, came 
out from Kentucky and taught school in the district at 
Comstock, and married Samuel Harshberger's oldest 
daughter Sarah. They joined the church and Robert was 
called into the ministry. 

Brother Myers Later moved to Iowa in 1851. He settled 
three miles south of Eddyville. He soon organized the 
Monroe County Church and in the course of two years 
baptized more than one hundred persons and received quite 
a number by letter from Indiana. 

During 1853 and 1854 quite a number of Brethren moved 
from Ohio and joined the church by letter. Among these 
were two ministers — Daniel Miller and John Hansel. This 
was the beginning of trouble. Many sincerely wished that 
the history of the Monroe County Church from 1854 to 
1859 were a blank; that the memory of things seen, felt 
and known to be true,might be forever blotted out. Old men 
their fond hopes of serving the Lord as free men and 
robust and strong, wept like children when they felt the 
iron hand of a tyrannical committee and Elders crushing 
their fond hopes of serving the Lord as free men and 
women. .Brother Myers traveled and preached for many 
years in western Illinois and Iowa. 

In 1863 he crossed the plains to California and did much 
preaching at the Camp Meeting in Shepard's Grove, below 
the bridge on the north side of the river. At the close of 
the meeting he baptized sixteen applicants. In December 
he returned to his home in Iowa. He continued preaching 
until his death in 1866. 



TODAY 

Today is ours — let's live it. 

And love is strong — let's give it. 

A song can help — let's sing it. 

And peace is dear — let's bring it. 

The past is gone — don't rue it. 

Our work is here — let's do it. 

The world is wrong — let's right it. 

If evil comes — let's fight it. 

The road is rough — let's clear it. 

The future vast — don't fear it. 

Is faith asleep? — let's wake it. 

Today is ours — let's take it. — The Open Door. 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 



Topic for February 26, 1950 

AN OVER-ALL PLAN FOR WORKING TOGETHER 

Scripture: I Cor. 12:12-27 

For The Leader 

AS WE HAVE SEEN in a previous study, it is virtu- 
ally impossible to get anything done unless we work 
together. So, tonight, our scriptures suggest a plan where- 
by all Christians can work together, and remain happy. 
The difficulty we find is in getting people to work together 
according to the plan presented in the Bible. It will al- 
ways be a puzzle, no doubt, as to why people will not fol- 
low the simple rules of the Bible. It would bring about a 
great increase of missionary activity, an ever growing 
local church, and the salvation of many precious souls. But 
let's tonight consider how we can work together fcr Christ. 
That is a good thing to do, for if we are working together 
for Christ, His blessing will be upon us, and our church 
will become the power we want it to be. 

DISCUSSION 

1. THE UNITY OF THE BODY. Which part of the body 
lives unto itself? Is not the whole body a compact unit? 
What hurts one part of the body hurts all. Yet within our 
body are many different parts. Fingers, toes, eyes, ears, 
lungs,, stomach, heart, etc. Which part of the body would 
you care to do without? Granted that there are some parts 
which can be removed and life still goes on, yet is it not 
true that the loss of one part affects the whole body to 
some extent? Yes, and there are some parts of the body 
we could lose better than some others. For instance, we 
could rather lose a finger or toe than to have our heart 
removed. Yet would we not also miss our finger? The point 
is, that every part of the body has a purpose and we can- 
not take from the body without hurting the whole body, 
to some extent. The body is a unit, made to be a temple 
of the Holy Spirit, through which we glorify God. 

2. THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH. Paul pictures the 
church as a body, which it is. Each member of the church, 
as the body, has his or her place. Did you get that? Each 
member of the church has his or her place to fill. Drop 
out, fail to work, and it is as if you cut off a finger or 
lose an eye. The work suffers. We have all seen paralyzed 
people. One limb fails to work as it should. They are 
called "cripples." ,But did you ever think to picture what 
our church would appear to be if spiritual ills could be 
put in solid form as physical ailments of the body? What 
a cripple we are, when some members are spiritually par- 
alyzed. Don't you think it would be far better to rejuvenate 
ourselves at the spiritual fountain of youth in Christ, and, 
receiving new life, be a healthy Christian. Healthy in co- 
operative attitudes and desires to put our shoulder to the 
wheel and work. 

3. THAT USELESS APPENDIX. Just in case any per- 
ceiving soul within the scope of these words are inclined 



to disagree with our statement that every part of the 
body has a purpose, we get the jump on them and say yes, 
we know about the appendix. It doesn't seem to have any 
bodily purpose. Doctors have agreed on this. (Possibly the 
only purpose it does have is to give us something to talk 
about after we have it out.) But let us take a lesson from 
the humble appendix. Doctors tell us that in years past 
the appendix did serve some purpose in the body. It is a 
little hard at this late date to determine just what that 
purpose was. Yet gradually through generations it lost 
that purpose and today is a disappearing, useless appen- 
dage. Church members, take note! If we are inactive, and 
taking a personal glory in how much we are hurting our 
church by not working, attending, or giving, remember 
the appendix. Because it lost its purpose and work, it also 
lost its usefulness, and is thus slowly disappearing from 
the body. That is awful for the church member. The church 
will go on, but you — you will become useless. Some day, 
the body of the church, Christ's bride, will be complete, 
without you! 

4. NOW, LET'S COOPERATE. What are you called 
to do in the church ? Would you rather have somebody 
else's job ? Do you want a bigger, more important job ? 
In the physical body, the foot is made to walk with; the 
toe, to balance our step. There are people who can play 
the piano with their toes, and pick up marbles with them, 
but the general use is for walking. The eye is used for 
seeing, the ears for hearing. And so forth. Does the foot 
refuse to work because it cannot see, or hear. Does the 
eye go blind because it cannot hear? And so forth. Take 
a lesson in cooperation from the body. Each part be it big, 
little, seen or unseen, does a perfect job to keep our body 
working day by day. All of this is controlled by the mas- 
ter control in the mind. An over-all plan of cooperation 
in our churches is exactly what we find in the body. Some 
people are more prominent than others, some do one thing, 
others do other things. All of which is (or should be) 
controlled by the Master through the Holy Spirit. But what 
if a foot fails to move when the nerve center sends it a 
message? Too bad if you are depending on that foot to 
get you away from a speeding car. What if a church mem- 
ber fails to do his or her particular task in cooperation ? 
It is tragic, yet it is a true picture today. 

5. BEING WILLING, YET . Were you ever tied 

with a rope, locked in a closet, caught with your foot in 
a mud hole ? All your power, desire, effort, etc., availed 
you nothing. You were still stuck or trapped. No matter 
how much your body worked together to free yourself, it 
was useless. Only when someone helped you, did you get 
free. Your work in the church is that way, too. Many times 
we try and try to work in the church, sing in the choir, 
play the piano or organ, teach a class or lead a C. E. meet- 
ing. It flopped and failed. Why? We may have been co- 
operating, but our life was still stuck in the sin of the 
world. We were trapped in the closet of sin, and bound with 
the rope of Satan's grip upon our life. Trying to work in 
the church in this condition results in failure. We are will- 
ing to work, but we get nowhere — until someone helps us 
and frees us. That one is Christ, our Lord. When we ap- 
peal to Him for help, we free us from the shackles of sin. 
So, we must first call upon Him for His saving grace, con- 
fess Him, and be obedient unto Him in every way. Then 
our power will do some good for Him in the Church. 



FEBRUARY 11, 1950 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



kayer meeting 
Studies 

By (5. T. Cjilmer 




"I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU" 

My earthly home has loveliness to spare — 

This lush green grass, these trees, the living air 

Which touches me with light caress. At noon 

The good sun warms, and at night the moon 

Spreads silver magic to delight the eye: 

While earth is roofed with star-pricked velvet sky. 

All this my Lord's hands made in but six days: 

Vast towering mountain peaks which dare to raise 

Their heads into the blue, the rolling sea, 

The tiny flower, the bird, the knowing bee, 

And man himself! Six days creating it! 

Earth's beauty all about me, Here I sit 

With hushed, awed soul, and dare to dream of how 

Those hands of my dear Lord are busied now. 

Untrammelled by the bounds of hemispheres, 

Freed from horizons, for two thousand years 

His hands have been preparing it for me, 

My home ! wondering heart, what can it be ? 

— Martha Snell Nicholson. 

"MY FATHER'S HOUSE" 

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-5 

THE EXPRESSION, "my father's house," occurs three 
times in Scripture (Luke 16:27, 28;15:17, 25; John 
14:2). "Everything's all right in my father's house," could 
not be said of the first instance. Why was the rich man 
in hades? Riches may have caused the father to neglect 
the six boys in the home. 

The prodigal son, like some church members, became 
dissatisfied with the things of the father's house to in- 
dulge and to gratify himself with the things of the world 
(Prov. 14:14; Jer. 2:19). 

"The hope of Heaven is the joy of living." The Father's 
house is a definite place. Jesus was competent to speak 
of Heaven (John 3:13). Because of His glorious omni- 
presence He could be in Heaven and on earth at the same 
time. Jesus knew where God lived and could be found 
(Matt. 6:9). When Jesus returned to Heaven He did not 
go into nothingness (Acts 1:10, 11). 

In Heaven Jesus is performing a present ministry in 
behalf of His people (Heb. 9:24). The risen Christ in 
Heaven is the object of our affection (Col. 3:1). We look 
for Jesus to come from Heaven (John 14:3; 1 Thess. 4:16). 
Stephen saw Jesus in Heaven (Acts 7:55, 56). Paul "knew 
a man . . . caught up to the third Heaven" (2 Cor. 12:2-4). 
John looked into Heaven (Rev. 4:1). Like Abraham we 
can look for Heaven (Heb. 11:10). The plan and purpose 
of all created things, including Heaven is given in Col. 
1:16, 17. "All things were created for Him." The proper 
and only entrance to Heaven is Jesus (John 10:1-5; 7-9). 

There is no defiling thing (sin) in Heaven (Rev. 21:27). 



To gain Heaven we must be loosed from our sins (Rev. 
1:5; Isa. 55:7). We can be sure of Heaven (John 6:37; 
2 Cot. 5:6-8). 



J Studying the Bibk Ccssoh ( 

(Comments on the Lesson by the Cditor 

Lesson for February 26, 1950 
PLANTING A CHURCH IN A PAGAN CITY 
Lesson: Acts 18:1, 8-11; II Cor. 6:14—7:1 

WiE THINK that the phrasing of the topic for today 
is well chosen. "Planting a Church" should have just 
the same care and thought as the planting of a seed in the 
ground that it may grow and bring forth fruit. The site 
of the field must be carefully chosen; the field must be 
plowed, fertilized, planted and carefully tended if a har- 
vest can be expected. The various seasons must be taken 
into consideration — the slope of the ground; the matter 
of moisture, and all the attendant elements that are vi- 
tally essential to an abundant harvest. Likewise the ground 
must he loosened up to permit the roots of the small plants 
to go down deep to bring up the moisture into the plant. 
Let us apply the thought to "planting a church." 

Too often a church building is located in a certain com- 
munity on a certain street, because of two things: cheap- 
ness of the lot, and convenience in location for the ones 
establishing the church. While these elements are, in all 
probability, worth while for some, yet there is more to 
the entire matter than mere cost and convenience. A sur- 
vey should be taken of the need and desire on the part of 
a community. Is the location in a growing and expanding 
community and part of the city? The success of the un- 
dertaking depends on how it is established and the interest 
shown by the people who will eventually make up its 
constituency. 

With the field chosen, it is now necessary to "plough 
deep" and "plant wisely." The seed must be the pure seed 
of the Gospel; the ploughing must be done with imple- 
ments that cut sharply and deeply. The roots must be 
firmly established before such growth can be expected. 
The "crop" must be well tended. Without such there can 
be no permanent results. 

Now our lesson shows us that Paul became a husband- 
man who planted wisely. He only wanted to be known as 
a "planter." Remember he said, "I planted, Apollos wa- 
tered, but it is God that giveth the increase." How like 
the natural physical aspect of "planting." Man can, by no 
stretch of the imagination, bring about fruitage of the 
plant by his own efforts. That part must be Left to God, 
who knows the innermost depths from which the seed of 
life is produced. Science has gone far in its investigation 
into the secrets of life — but it has not yet in itself pro- 
duced life. Man can go just so far and no farther. Then 
God must step in to complete the task. 

Let us apply this principle to "church planting." The 



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task of those who would plant a church in any given com- 
munity is very evident. Man can go just so far — then the 
the Word of God in the hearts of men; he can show them 
completion of the task is dependent on God. Man can plant 
by his life that he has something different to use in coping 
with life's problems. In other words, he must be a living 
example and testimony of what his words preach and 
teach. Then he can safely leave the completion of the task 
in the hands of an All-Wise God. 

Paul was planting a church in the midst of a pagan peo- 
ple. The truths that he taught were contrary to the things 
for which these pagan religions stood. Therefore it took 
a man of conviction and courage to withstand the pressure 
that would be brought to bear upon him. Someone has 
said, "If there was ever a man about whose call to preach 
there could be no possible doubt, it is Paul . . . Paul 
preached, too, to an audience of two or twenty, but how 
those quiet moments thus spent counted for eternity." 

What was the real secret of Paul's success ? We read 
it in Acts 18:9-11, which is found in our lesson text. Here 
it says, "Then spake the Lord ... Be not afraid, but speak 
and hold not thy peace, for I am with thee, and no man 
shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in 
this city." And Paul believed God, and remained on the 
job, and "he taught the Word of God among them." 

After he departed from them he still continued to hold 
them in his mind and to counsel them and seek to keep 
their feet upon the solid rock, Christ Jesus. He taught 
them that they must be different from those of the world; 
to keep themselves from idols, and to permit God to dwell 
within them. That's why Paul's buildings bore fruit. 



Dean M. A. Stuckey returned to the faculty from a semes- 
ter of travel in Europe and Mexico. Henry Bates, pastor 
of the Oakville, Indiana Church was added to the Semi- 
nary staff. A check of the faculty and administrative staff 
as listed in the college catalog shows that 30 members of 
the staff are Brethren or of Brethren origin. 

The new college catalog is now off the press and a post 
card from any one in the denomination will bring a copy. 

Admissions for next fall are running a little behind a 
year ago and we are anxious to contact ALL Brethren 
young men and women who should be in college. We shall 
be glad to hear from any who may be interested. Minis- 
ters have been requested to send us lists of their young 
people so that they may be advised of the opportunities 
at Ashland. 

The fourth number of the Lecture Concert Series was 
Miss Nicole Henriot on Monday evening. The course this 
year has been particularly interesting. 

The basketball team under Coach Jim Richcreek has beer, 
doing all right against particularly rough opposition. To 
date they have won six and lost four. 

An all-school skate is planned for early next month. 
The Student Council rents the Mansfield Coliseum and 
hires the Ashland City Transit Lines to transport the stu- 
dents to Mansfield for the evening. Lewis Smith of Elk- 
hart, Indiana, is president of the student council and Lois 
Coleman of Milledgeville, Illinois, is Secretary. 

Plans are going forward for May Day on May 20th. 
Those planning to attend should mark their calendars now. 
This should be an unusual May Day. Elaborate plans are 
being made and will be announced through these columns 



Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 



The first semester of the school year is now history and 
the college is well into the second semester of work. The 
enrollment will be somewhat under that of last fall due 
largely to the graduation of 21 seniors at the mid-year. 
This is the first and maybe the only time that the col- 
lege will be called upon to have commencement in Jan- 
uary. The graduates are for the most part, older persons 
who came in in 1946 with army credits and were able to 
accelerate their studies enough to graduate now. Only one 
woman w 7 as included. Among the graduates was Harry 
McArthur of Waterloo, Iowa, preseminary student who 
will now continue his studies in the seminary. 

Among the incoming freshman class of about 25 is 
Dora Lee Hayes of the Oakville, Indiana Church. 

The Freshman Edition of the Collegian has just made 
its appearance. Stan Amstutz of Smithville, Ohio, was 
Editor. Several young people known to the various Breth- 
ren churches were on the staff. Included were: LaVonne 
Maust of Waterloo, Iowa; Gerald Wissinger of Falls City, 
Nebraska; Charlene Tracy of Twelve Mile, Indiana and 
Phil Lersch of Ashland. 

With the new semester came some shifts in faculty. 
'tr. Leslie Lindower began bis semester leave of absence 
to attend Ohio State University seeking a higher degree. 



I "won't" is a tramp 

I "can't" is a quitter 

I "don't know" is too lazy 

I "wish I could" is a wisher 

I "might" is waking up 

I "will try" is on his feet 

I "can" is on his way 

I "will" is at work 

I "did" is now the boss. — Anon. 





LECTURE SERIES AT LOREE, INDIANA 

Dr. Grover E. Swoyer, pastor of the Trinity Lutheran 
Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, rather well known 
among the Brethren for his various appearances in the 
Brethren Churches, was secured by the Loree Church for 
one week of Bible Lectures. Dr. Swoyer came to us on 
December 5, 1949 and continued with his messages each 



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evening for the week. The auditorium was filled to over- 
flowing. 

Brother Paul Lemaster, the Loree Church Chorister, 
was in charge of the music throughout the week. Many 
neighboring churches brought fine delegations and special 
numbers were many, among which were the following: 
Miss Carolyn Shafer of Mexico; Philip Thrush of Center 
Chapel; Rev. Austin Gable of Denver and Center Chapel; 
Rev. and Mrs. J. M. Bowman of Peru; Don Mike of Loree, 
and the Loree Choir and Quartet. 

Dr. Swoyer and the pastor were graciously entertained 
all through the week at both the noon and evening meals 
in the different homes. Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Zerbe pro- 
vided the home for the visiting minister during the week. 

The closing evening was indeed a highlight of the whole 
week of services. The congregational singing was led by 
Brother 0. A. Lambert of our Nappanee Church. He also 
brought a pleasing special number. The Clay Township 
High School Girls' and Boys' Choruses both sang on this 
evening. 

It was indeed a pleasure to have Dr. Swoyer in our 
midst, and we most heartily recommend him to any church 
needing a spiritual uplift. Dr. Swoyer spoke at a Clay 
Township School assembly, and also in one of their Gov- 
ernment classes. We feel that this was one of our finest 
experiences at Loree. 

Robert K. Higgins, pastor. 

REVIVAL AT MEXICO, INDIANA 

The pastor was asked to preach a one week series of 
meetings in our Mexico, Indiana, Church, from January 
22nd to 29th. Brother James Donaldson, our own church 
chorister, had charge of the music. 

The attendance was mighty fine, ranging from fifty-six 
to a full auditorium on Sunday evening. Many fine special 
numbers were brought by visiting churches — Mr. and Mrs. 
James Stockdale and Mrs. Harold Burrous of the Mexico 
Church of the Brethren; Brother Austin Gable, pastor of 
our Denver and Center Chapel Churches; Brother J. E. 
Berkshire, pastor of our Flora Church; a trio from the 
Peru First Brethren Church; Rev. Ralph Jackson and fam- 
ily of the Peru A. M. E. church; Brother C. (?. Grisso of 
the Mexico Brethren; the Misses Ruth and Esther Frick 
of the Mexico Methodist Church; Brother Paul Lemaster 
of Lor.ee, and Miss Delores Donaldson of Mexico. These 
folks helped to increase the interest and attendance at our 
meetings. 

Every meeting found many visitors present. There was 
one addition to the church by letter, with others consid- 
ering baptism at an early date. 

The Loree Brethren Choir, Brother Ronald Lemaster 
with an organ prelude, and the Gearhart Girls of the 
First Brethren of Peru, helped greatly in the closing ser- 
vices on January 29th, with a fine musical program. 

The pastor, the undersigned, is closing his pastorate 
here on February 19th. The Loree Church, which has been 
operating with Mexico as a circuit, will begin operating 
as a full time charge. We have enjoyed immensely our 
fellowship with the Mexico Church, one of the finest any- 
where, and it is only because of the above mentioned cir- 
cumstance that we have resigned the pastorate here. 

Robert K. Higgins. 



MY PASTORATE IN PITTSBURGH, PA. 

I delayed my report to the Brotherhood concerning my 
pastorate in Pittsburgh because I wished to give the mat- 
ter much thought. 

When Mrs. Robinson, our daughter Sandra, and I ar- 
rived in Pittsburgh, we found a people of varied talents 
who were interested in the different functions of the 
church. Neither did they believe in neglecting the physical 
aspects of their plant. 

We found a newly decorated building and plans for 
continuing its improvement. The parsonage was in the 
process of being wallpapered and we arrived in time to 
choose the kind of wallpaper desired. 

All the work that had been done in decorating the par- 
sonage had been paid for but a few dollars, and it wasn't 
long until the rest of the money came in. A building fund 
had been launched to which our people had contributed 
and besides that, money was raised through paid social 
events, such as a "Breakfast in Hollywood," a "Straw- 
berry Festival," and other such affairs, without which 
some of the people felt it would have been impossible 
to raise funds enough to complete the job. 

The Pittsburgh Brethren manifested a genuine interest 
in our welfare and shortly after our arrival showered us 
with gifts and foodstuffs which were greatly appreciated, 
especially since all our possessions had been brought in 
one auto and on one trip. Previously we had lived in fur- 
nished apartments or homes. 

We plunged into the work and in a year's time some of 
the following were accomplished: eleven new ones added 
to the church; a prayer meeting established; an increased 
attendance at all services, with a corresponding increase 
in giving (both attendance and giving according to the 
report of some of the members, were at a ten-year high); 
a revival held; ten funerals, and two weddings. 

We were rather proud of our record, since the church 
seemed to be moving forward on all fronts, especially in 
attendance and membership. At our revival our average 
was thirty-six a service, which, according to others, was 
excellent. This achievement was accomplished despite the 
fact that the people of this great city are not given to 
going to church in the evening, and many of our people 
live a great distance from the church. The success, such 
as we had, was made possible by the ideas and work of 
our membership, who planned for the publictiy for the 
meetings and inviting other individuals and churches to 
aid us in putting the services across. The other churches 
of the neighborhood cooperated by each having a night 
and bringing special talent with them on their night. Our 
greatest problem was in getting the unsaved to attend 
and we only harvested one soul, who came into the church 
by relation. I conducted the meetings myself for the free- 
will offerings, which amounted to over sixty dollars. 

At five services during the year our attendance at church 
exceeded one hundred, a feat that hadn't been accom- 
plished in one year for some time. 

However, after having gotten off to such a fine start, 
we found ourselves licked by an old familiar problem — 
the financial one. We had underestimated the cost of pur- 
chasing furniture and clothing and although the church 
hadl given me a bonus in lieu of moving expenses, it pro- 
vided only the down payment on our furniture (the bonus 



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was the difference between the salary I had stated I needed 
the first year and what the church was willing to pay. 

As a result of financial pinch, some of our leaders were 
asked if it would be all right for the pastor to take out- 
side employment for a time. They seemed agreed that there 
would be nothing wrong with it and their minister took 
them at their word. 

Of course this interfered with some pastoral duties, hut 
I was able to average about fifty pastoral calls a month 
and conduct all services, including funerals, anointings, 
etc., as usual. 

In February of last year a meeting was held for the 
calling of a minister. The church was given three alter- 
natives: raising the pastor's salary, having a part-time 
minister, or calling a new one. On a motion by W. C. 
Blough, which was seconded by Thomas Clark, the church 
unanimously called the pastor for another year at the 
same rate of pay, minus the moving bonus. 

The church felt that that was all it could pay its min- 
ister. After all, the year I served as pastor the budget 
had been increased $900.00 and the following year the 
budget had been raised another $1,000.00, a total of $1,- 
900.00 in two years or an increase of over fifty percent 
in the same period. With costs skyrocketing in such a man- 
ner, the church felt it impossible to increase their minis- 
ter's salary. However, although their minister was em- 
ployed elsewhere, the church paid his full salary 
until April when it was cut as had been requested three 
times previously by the minister. Nevertheless, we felt 
that we needed more salary in order to meet increased 
costs and gave up our pastorate in Pittsburgh on June 1, 
1949. 

We thank God for the opportunity of having served Him 
in a small way and believe that in some capacity or other 
He will continue to use us. We thank Him for the many 
friends we made in Pittsburgh and hope that we have 
been used to enrich their lives. They have certainly en- 
riched ours. And our faith in Him is stronger than ever. 
Milton M. Robinson, 
802 S. Aiken Ave., 
Pittsburgh 32, Penna. 



Presentation of Choir Lights 

Walter Ream, Jr., Pres of the Young Men's Class 
Presentation of Hoover Sweeper 

Walter Ream, Jr., Pres. of the Lookout Bible Class 

Acceptance by Trustees J. L. Barkhymer, Chairman 

Charge to Trustees Rev. D. R. Wolfe, pastor 

Dedicatory Responses — Minister and Congregation 

Prayer of Dedication Rev. Wolfe 

Service of Pledging 

Hymn — "I Gave My Life For Thee" 

Benediction 

Postlude — "March" Schuman 

Building Fund pledges are still being taken. These 
pledges stand as of January 29th at $1,457.20, and are 
reaching to the goal of $2,000.00. 




ALBER. Loren Alber, of Milledgeville, Illinois, passed 
away suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage, in the Ster- 
ling, Illinois, hospital. He was born on November 10, 1906 
northwest of Milledgeville, the son of William and Salome 
Schumacher Alber. He was married to Lucille Bushman 
en February 5, 1931. He is survived by his wife; two chil- 
dren, Margy Mae and Larry! two brothers, Clarence and 
Leo; three sisters, Mrs. Lottie Rohde, Mrs. Rosie Dahler, 
and Mrs. Beulah McCormick; and his father and mother. 
Services held at the Milledgeville .Brethren Church, Dr. F. 
M. Keller and the undersigned officiating. 

D. C. White . 



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MILLER. Belle Harrington Miller, daughter of Samuel 
and Elizabeth Harrington, was born in Milledgeville, Illi- 
nois, on May 10, 1868, and passed away January 4, 1950, 
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Daniel Branigan, Dixon, 
Illinois, at the age of over eighty-one years. On January 
JOHNSTOWN, PENNA., THIRD, HOLDS A 29, 1887 she was united in marriage to Calvin Miller who 

DEDICATION SERVICE preceded her in death in 1934. Surviving are one daugh- 

ter, Helen; four grandchildren and a sister. A life-long 
On Sunday, January 22nd, at the morning worship hour, mem b e r of the Milledgeville Brethren Church, she was 
the Third Brethren Church of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, active in the W _ M . S . and as a teacher in the Sunday 
held a service of dedication for their newly purchased and School. She took two girls into her home and mothered 
laid carpet, new lighting system, and choir lights, to which thenl) and acted as a sistel . to ano ther, always ready to 
had been added a new Hoover Sweeper. The church had help. 

been working on the project for some time and this ser- tj. q_ White 

vice was one of rejoicing. The program of the morning 

fol,ows: McGEARY. Mrs. Nannie B. McGeary, born September 

Prelude — "Prelude" Birkholtz 24, 1873, passed to her reward on September 28, 1949. She 

Processional — "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" was a life-long Brethren, having been a charter member 

Invocation of the West Kittanning Church, and was a member of the 

Hymn — "In the Service of the King" Pittsburgh church at the time of her passing. At the time 

Anthem — "Blessed Be the Lord" . Ashford of her passing there was no pastor at Pittsburgh ard the 

Offertory — "O Zion, Haste" Wilson funeral was conducted by Rev. Paul Naff, assisted by Rev. 

The Dedication Service S. E. Christiansen and Rev. Gordon Bracker. She was the 

Presentation of Carpet and Lights mother of Mrs. J. C. Simmermon of New Kensington, 

C. L. Figart, Moderator Pennsylvania, who sent in the above notice. 




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Brethren Evangelist 



White Fields 

Jesus saith unto them, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There 
are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; 
for they are white already to harvest." John 4:34-35. 

The text ivas spoken when the disciples, during the absence of the Samaritan woman, had 
urged to partake of the provisions which they had procured. Our Lord, with ardent zeal for soids 
spoke, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work," then He led their 
minds from the natural harvests (four months) away to a spiritual harvest which was already 
ripe, ready for the sickle. As the reapers would be animated to undertake the harvest by the 
whitening grain, so also should we redouble our efforts in the cause of Christian Missions — now 
that the diffusing of the Gospel is the most urgent business in this needy world. 

First, our Lord, had respect to the Jewish nation, but His message was applicable generally 
to all periods of the Church. When under the providence of God, opportunities came for diffusing 
the Gospel; when facilities are afforded, ivhen the church is ready to embrace; when above all, a 
disposition appears from the needy to inquire and call for the message of Christ; then it may be 
said the fields are loaded with corn and stand ready for the reaper. 

Survey the world — India and China; the unprecedented call for laborers in Japan, Germany, 
Puerto Rico, and the Philippines can also be listed. 

From the Digest of Leprosy Missions, we read — "In Nigeria the incidence of leprosy is as 
high as any place in the world. The number suffering from leprosy in that country has been put 
at 300,000. 

Refugees — Lectures, reports and pictures help to inform the concerned about the problem in 
Europe that has turned life into a nightmare foi'about 12 million people. A refugee people, a lost 
people (displaced). In the words of Mr. Eberly, "A terrible injustice that has caused a terrible 
discontent may yet cost us a terrible price." 

Christian Arab — about 35,000 refugees are finding temporary haven in Bethlehem. Many are 
dying in Bethlehem — the birthday place of their own, and our Saviour, because food and housing 
are lacking. 

I will not detain you by discussion of the two American continents, but I will ask if this rapid 
view, be not sufficient information and encouragement for us to redouble our exertion on the field 
of missions? 

The labor of the spiritual reaper consists in preaching the Gospel of Christ to perishing sin- 
ners; and enduring those privations which, in a heathen country, are inseparable from so ardu- 
ous an employment. The appointed means of gathering in the harvest tvill be the duty of preaching 
before men; Jesus' redeeming love and also the doctrine relating to His cross. 

The greatest encouragement is held out to the faithful reapers. It is more than commensurate. 
"He that reapeth receiveth wages, and gather eth fruit to eternal life: that both he that soweth and 
he that reapeth may rejoice together" The reaper's reward is connected; for together with his 
wages, he shall have peculiar satisfaction and triumph. "He that soweth and he that reapeth shall 
rejoice together." 

This joy BEGAN with the holy apostles. 

This, joy has been INCREASING with the many sowers and reapers of each succeeding gen- 
eration. 

This joy tvill be COMPLETED when all the church shall meet our Lord in the air; when the 
mystery of Christ shall be finished. Our utmost efforts must fail, except when we rely upon our 
God. E M R 

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Travel 



The missionary secretary opened his eyes to the New- 
Year's morning in the commodious, hospitable home of 
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Hunter, near North Manchester. Being 
in a country home, the tired traveller was not disturbed 
by the celebrations and noisy devices usually heard in 
cities, as the New Year is rushed in. Rain and heavy fog 
were the order of the day but the spirit and ardour at the 
Brethren Church in the above named city was not damp- 
ened. There was a most excellent attendance at both morn- 
ing services. My New Year's Day message was not entirely 
missionary but really a rejoicing for the success and 
progress of the past year in the whole denomination, with 
a closing appeal for greater devotion, loyalty, and zeal- 
ous work for our Lord and the Church this year. It was 
a joy to fellowship with these folks on the New Year's 
Day. 

In spite of the heavy fog toward evening, the Hunters 
insisted that they were willing to drive me to Hunting- 
ton, where I could get an evening train, as I desired to 
be at home on Monday. We called at the Huntington par- 
sonage, occupied by the Gilmers. It was not long after our 
safe landing that friend Gilmer referred to the lighted 
bulletin board and the 7:30 appointment with his church. 
So says the parson — "Brother Riddle will preach and 
Brother Hunter will sing!" Well — who could refuse Gil- 
mer's appeal? I took his subject off the bulletin and 



preached another New Year's message and Hunter obeyed 
as well. The congregation (and a very good audience for 
such a night) was completely surprised. No previous plan 
had been made, thinking I would be used all day in the 
former church. 

The Hunters and Gilmers rushed me to the train, which 
carried me to my home by 2:30 A. M. How wonderful to 
have so many good friends over the country! 

January 10 — I shared the fellowship of the Northeast 
Ohio Laymen's group who met in the Fairhaven Church. 
Some months ago I wrote of being with these folks for 
the rededication of their rebuilt church. This gave them 
the opportunity to entertain for the first time the Lay- 
men's group and they did it most acceptably. 

Sunday, January 15th (marked in my desk book as the 
worst of the winter, so far). It was a good day to be at 
home. It was Communion day at the Ashland Church. It 
was only my second opportunity to join in this holy ser- 
vice with the Ashland Brethren, since I have lived in this 
city. It was an impressive service. 

The following week, a hurried trip was made to Colum- 
bus and Dayton to confer with President Drushal and ar- 
chitect-engineer Ray Yount about building plans at Villa 
Constitucoin and Gerli. The terrible inflation in Argentina 
multiplies our problems gi'eatly. 

At Meyersdale, Pa., January 22nd. It was rainy but 
surely not cold. The attendance was very good and a fine 
spirit prevails. The Reverend and Mrs. W. S. Benshoff 
have completed one year in this pastorate, with very cer- 
tain success. 

Urgent business for the "Brethren Home" had been de- 
layed until some officer of the Board would be in the East. 
So Brother Benshoff "Nash-ed" the writer to Martins- 
•burg, Pa., for the day, Monday. It required seven calls 
to complete the business to date, but it was done. The con- 
gregation, the parsonage family and the Lion's Club — all 
had a share in making a profitable, successful and happy 
week-end for me and all concerned,. 

My attendance at the National Congress of Home Mis- 
sions is reported in another column. 

E M R 




Next month the Thanksgiving Mis- 
sionary Offering report will be printed. 
Some churches have not yet made re- 
port. Please send your offering soon, so 
it may be included. 

E. M. R., Gen. Sec. 



FEBRUARY 18, 1950 



PAGE THREE 



Our Need As A Nation For 

Christianity In Political Life: 

An Unprecedented World Situation. 

by Dr. John F. Locke 




The world looks to America for leadership. We are the 
one nation that could help the world make a new start on 
the right road to Peace and Plenty, Brotherhood and Good- 
will. With billions of Marshall Plan and ECA dollars we 
seek to stop Communism in its march across the world, 
if it marches westward across Europe. But as this same 
program travels across China engulfing more than 400 
million souls in its Red tide our weird thinkers and ad- 
visers in the Department of State give it every assistance 
and encouragement. President Truman devotes a great 
part of his Inaugural Address to the idea of helping de- 
velop certain areas of the world that need help, then keeps 
his eyes averted from the Chinese situation. So we begin 
the second half of the twentieth century with politics in 
America at a new and abysmal low, and the world situa- 
tion consequently loaded, and ready for some minor explo- 
sion to set off the chain reaction that will blow it to bits. 

Few prophets were ever so accurate in their timing as 
Lord Macauley when he wrote to an American in 1857 
and said: "Your Republic will be pillaged and ravaged in 
the Twentieth Century just as the Roman Empire was in 
the Fifth Century, with the difference that in the devasta- 
tion of the Roman Empire the Huns and Vandals came 
from abroad, while your barbarians will be people of your 
own country." Recently Dr. Vannevar Bush, one of the 
greatest men of science among us, said: "A horde of bu- 
reaucrats takes two dollars from Jones in order to give 
one dollar to Smith and they make Smith stand in line to 
get it." If the real estate of America, house by house, fac- 
tory by factory, farm by farm were all sold to some bid- 
der from Mars for its value in New Deal dollars, we could 
not pay our debts, national, state and municipal. A pro- 
posed budget of forty-two and a half billion includes a 
little item of some five billion dollars for interest on the 
national debt, practically all of which was incurred in 
the last twenty years. 

In the days of Mr. Woodrow Wilson that little item 
would have paid the running expenses of the government! 
And Mr. Wilson's words float back to us with a very sol- 
emn sound when he said, "The history of liberty is a his- 
tory of the limitation of governmental power, not the in- 
crease of it. When we resist, therefore, the concentration 
of power, we are resisting the processes of death, because 



a concentration of power is what always precedes the de- 
struction of human liberties." But today a concentration 
of power such as the world, or the nation, has never seen 
before, is taking us into oblivion as a nation by promising 
an elusive and fantastic thing called "Security." The 
Christian believes that we derive our security from God, 
not government. As Abraham Lincoln told Congress De- 
cember 1, 1862, "A nation may be said to consist of its 
territory, its people and its laws. The territory is the only 
part which is of certain durability." When he issued his 
Proclamation he said, "Nations like individuals, are sub- 
ject to punishments and chastisements in this world." 
Ralph Waldo Emerson warned in 1861 that "A nation 
never falls but by suicide." But today we are being sold 
security by the politicians who are thinking of the next 
election, not the next generation. If they esteem the Chris- 
tian religion they certainly find its principles troublesome. 
Never was Shakespeare's definition of a politician given in 
Hamlet, more applicable . . . "One that would circumvent 
God." We used to look to God for security. Certainly those 
who founded this nation and brought it to its highest level 
of greatness did so. 

Today public affairs are conducted for private advan- 
tage and millions of our citizens are grouped into bands 
for the pressuring of the government for their particular 
advantage. Veterans are told to sieze advantages as vet- 
erans, farmers are encouraged to vote for subsidies con- 
trols, uncolored margarine or anything that helps farmers 
as faimers. Labor will pressure for laws favorable to 
labor so that some day a man may quit his job and simply 
draw unemployment compensations and refuse all work 
offered to him. We shall be healthy compulsorily. If we 
die surely the government should provide flowers and 
proper burial . . . and so it goes. The many are told that 
they can rob the few and the government will handle the 
details for them. The nation goes into the red at the rate 
of 210 dollars per second, we are informed by a farm 
magazine. In 1932 Presidential candidate F. D. Roosevelt 
had this to say about governmental spending: "Any gov- 
ernment, like my family, can for a year spend a little more 
than it earns. But you and I know that a continuance of 
that habit means the poorhouse." Although he knew it 
and we knew it, what he did was to inaugurate a policy 



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of spend and spend, tax and tax, because it meant el.ect 
and elect. This magic formula can't, or won't, stop as long 
as prosperous times hold out and the Russians hold off. 
Even during the recent war the same program was dis- 
guised into part of the war effort. It's pure magic at the 
polls to have the voters believe that everything can be 
better and better for them with no great efforts or serious 
sacrifices being made by anyone but a few hideous reac- 
tionaries who have plenty of ill-gotten money to pay for 
whatever socialization or security seems to make the 
greatest appeal to the greatest number of the pressure 
groups. We desire only comfortable things and to avoid 
hard things. So the politicians, seeing this desire, set about 
to give us what we want. "Politics is perhaps the only 
profession for which no preparation is thought necessary," 
said Robert Louis Stevenson. The reason for this obvious 
truth is all that the people really want out of politics is 
to be as comfortable as possible. 
The national and international po- 
litical situation is a reflection of 
what the people are or want. It is 
a fact that people get about the 
kind of government they deserve. 
The reigning politicians are a re- 
flection of the people's tastes and 
characters. Not all of the people 
are like that, of course, but enough 
of them are to elect. We are the 
victims not of bad politics or bad 
education as such but of a moral 
slide in which the majority of our 
people have come to a secular view 
of life. The concept of God and our 

accountability to Him of the Christian faith has been large- 
ly replaced by the concepts of Marx and Engels and their 
Manifesto. 

When you read that Manifesto's ten principal aims, it 
is rather shocking to see how far we have come toward 
realizing some of them in the U. S. by the relatively pain- 
less procedures of governmental growth and waste. Our 
"Papa knows best" form of governmental paternalism 
says, when you point out the growth of statism, confis- 
catory taxes, lowering of interest rates and their conse- 
quent blows to free (Non-State Controlled) higher edu- 
cation, etc., "Don't worry about anything. All we have to 
fear is fear itself. Don't bother to think for yourself. We 
will provide you with security without having to decide 
anything." Even our congressman cannot think very much 
on a budget presented to them about the size of a Sears- 
Roebuck catalogue, 1534 pages, about 26 million dollars 
to a page. If a congressman were to give an hour to the 
study of each million the budget calls for, it would take 
him till 1970. So it is "Pass the billions Pappy" the next 
election will be here before you can explain to the voters, 
or rather before they wake up! But how much is a billion? 
Hold your watch to your ear and listen to it tick. It will 
take about 6 and one-third years to tick off a billion ticks. 
In minutes a billion will take you back to 43 A.D. and you 
can stick around for the sacking of Rome. In inches it 
will take you from New York to Miami ten times. Or to 
change the figures you can start a plane and keep it go- 
ing at 300 M.P.H. and the propeller in a year's time will 
turn up a billion for you. Yes, we are the greatest nation 




on earth all right. No other nation could have taken the 
beating we, the peopLe, have given it in our greedy plun- 
dering of its resources, natural, monetary, moral, and hu- 
man. We need Christianity in our political life or there 
isn't going to be any life for us as a nation! 

Let's suppose that Christian principles should be ap- 
plied in this unprecedented world situation in which we 
find ourselves in 1950. Brock Chisholm told a gathering in 
Switzerland recently that we now have a substance 7 
ounces of which, properly distributed, could erase mankind. 
Well, we Christians have a substance which, if properly 
applied, could erase the plagues of our confused, and often 
idiotic political mess, and instead, give us a rebirth of 
social and moral well being that would engulf the world. 
That substance is pure Christianity, operating through the 
power of the Holy Spirit in all its professors. Imagine the 
changes that would be wrought in the national scene. Let's 
list some of them: 

1. Honesty. Everybody in gov- 
ernment and out of it telling the 
truth and demanding that the truth 
be told. Men in high places stand- 
ing for what they honestly believe 
to he right. Now "in some spines 
all the bone is concentrated in a 
lump at the top." But that isn't 
true of the Christian man. A young 
man with a wife and four children 
to support told me recently of re- 
fusing a $100 starting bonus and 
$15 a week more than he was now 
receiving. He did it because his 
Christian principles wouldn't let 
him work in a place in which he would be called upon to 
sell bottled alcoholic beverages .along with groceries. Sup- 
pose everybody had that much Christian principle ! Or take 
this story, a man told me less than a week ago about try- 
ing to get a veteran of World War I to sign some papers 
for pension. He refused to do so because he said he could 
not truthfully do so. 

2. The Application of Christian principles would lower 
the cost of government immediately. Quite a few job hold- 
ers would go off the government payroll because they felt 
they were unnecessary! Conscience would work on appro- 
priations, budgets, departments, etc., pulling out the pad- 
ding. Junketing officials spending millions in travelling 
for their own entertainment at public expense would either 
not travel or go at their own expense. 

3. Peace would replace the cold war. In improved rela- 
tionships with all countries growing out of the policy of 
honesty and good will, we should save money on militar- 
ism, which now takes 76 percent of our budget for wars, 
past, present and future. Instead of these expenditures 
we could spend to save life rather than to kill. 

4. Greater prosperity would begin to replace the inflated 
variety we now have, which can suffer a disastrous punc- 
ture any day. Talk about security! 

5. A different type of leadership would rise to the top 
all through our governmental structure. 

6. Dictatorship tendencies and the growth of station 
would die, withering on the vine for lack of sustaining 
nourishment. 

7. Democracy and the real liberty would be reborn at 

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FEBRUARY 18, 1950 



PAGE FIVE 



World Evangelism and the Coming of Our Lord 

By L. 0. McCartney smith 



It is by the request of Rev. E. M. Riddle, Secretary of 
The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church that the 
following discussion of the above topic furnished by him 
is presented. 

THE CHURCH'S AUTHORITY FOR WORLD 
EVANGELISM 

It is surprising that among some ministers of the Gos- 
pel that there exists the belief that the days of evangelistic 
ministry are past history and that it is useless to conduct 
evangelistic meetings. Only yesterday a pastor informed 
me that his church did not believe in a preaching minis- 
try for increasing the membership of the church; that he 
believed in the membership going out and inviting people 
to become members of his church! To Brethren ministers 
this is comparable to the securing members for such or- 
ganizations as clubs, etc. 

Jesus Christ gave the Church authority for World 
Evangelism. We may read it in Matthew 28:19, in the 
following two-fold commandment: (1) "Going forth dis- 
ciple you all the nations. (2) Dipping them into the name 
of the Father, ,and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." 
(The rest of this Great Commission refers to pastoral 
work). Again, we read in Mark 16:15: "Go into all the 
world and proclaim the Glad Tidings to all the creation. 
He that believes and is dipped shall be saved, but he 
that believes not shall be condemned." (From O. G.) 

The word "Evangelism" is not to be found in the Bible; 
but we do find the words "evangelist" and "evangelists" 
in Acts 21:8; 2 Tim. 4:6; and Eph. 4:11. The word "evan- 
gelism" is a transliteration of the Greek word "euang- 
geliou" which correctly translated into English is "Glad 
Tidings." In practically all instances this word has been 
translated into "Gospel" as in Mark 1:1, and 16:15. The 
words "evangelist" and "evangelists" were translated from 
the Greek words "euaggelistou" as in Acts 21 :8, and 2 
Tim. 4:5. From the word "euaggelistas" we have the plural 
"evangelists." 

Evangelism or the spreading or proclaiming of the 
"Glad Tidings" is obligatory upon the Church for each 
succeeding generation in order to meet Christ's commands, 
and it is the supreme duty of the Church to carry out 
fully Christ's instructions, for it is written: "Not every 
one that saith unto me 'Lord, Lord' shall enter the King- 
dom, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in 
heaven." 

Some have fallen into the error that the Church must 
convert the whole world in order to meet the requirement 
of World Evangelism. In supporting this idea they talk 
much about "bringing in the Kingdom," apparently for- 
getting Christ's instruction in the prayer He taught us, 
where He said: "Thy Kingdom Come, and Thy Will be 
done on earth as it is in heaven." These forget also what 
the Prophet Isaiah said concerning the Kingdom. After 
the nam.es and powers of the King to be born and the 
greatness of His Kingdom, we find the statement of how 
the Kingdom will be brought into actuality: "The zeal of 
the Lord of hosts will perform this." (Isaiah 9:7). Still 



we hear men boast: "We shall bring in the Kingdom." In 
support of this doctrine men often quote the words of 
Jesus as recorded in Matthew 24:14: "And this gospel of 
the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a wit- 
ness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." 

Please remember that today we are not preaching the 
Gospel of the Kingdom, but rather the Gospel of Salvation 
by God's grace. The application of the Kingdom preach- 
ing will not be made until after the Rapture, during the 
Tribulation period, when converted born-again Israel will 
be sent forth o;s missionaries by the Lord himself as out- 
lined in Isaiah 66:19, and not missionaries of the Gospel 
of Grace. But let us not forget that God brings men to 
the feet of Jesus through other men and women. Go 1 has 
only two avenues through which He calls men to Jesus: 
(1) the Holy Spirit. (2) The Church or Bride of Christ. 
"The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come.' And let him that 
heareth say, Come. And whosoever will, let him take free- 
ly of the water of Life." (Rev. 22:17). Therefore we must 
do all within our power to proclaim the "Glad Tidings" 
to the whole world. This must be done with each succeed- 
ing generation, to effect World Evangelism. If the Church, 
the Body of Christ, fail Him, we know of no other plan. 
Therefore let us work while it is day, for the night Com- 
eth when no man can work. 

It is to be feared that our lack of enthusiasm for World 
Evangelism comes through our lack of the indwelling pres- 
ence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It was Jesus Christ 
who said to the Church: "But ye shall receive Power, al- 
ter that the Holy Spirit is come upon you, and ye shall 
be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, 
and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." 
These were the last words Jesus spoke on the earth, and 
are not to be taken lightly by His followers. Please note: 
that the witnessing was to be done first in home territory. 
Herein we often fail. How many testimonies may be had 
in the average Brethren congregation today ? People are 
apparently ashamed to testify about the Lord who died for 
them. Then after testifying in Jerusalem, or home terri- 
tory, they were to offer this same testimony in Judea or 
their own state. Then to Samaria, another adjoining prin- 
cipality. Then they were ready to go out into all the earth. 
Do you not believe that our greatest weakness today is 
that we have not done the "first work" in testifying in our 
home congregation ? It has been said that "distance lends 
enchantment." We spend most of our efforts in mission 
work in foreign lands, and leave the fields nearer home 
to shift for themselves in a great measure. To become a 
strong Brethren organization, we must begin with the local 
congregations and see that we build each year two or 
three new church buildings where we have through Home 
Mission work established Brethren Congregations. We 
should have an evangelist working continuously establish- 
ing new congregations and building new church houses. 
Soon then we should become strong enough to do a worth- 
while work on foreign fields. 



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RELATING TO THE COMING OF OUR LORD JESUS. 

Let us keep in mind that there are two distinctly sepa- 
rate "comings" of our Lord: (1) At the Rapture, when 
Ke shall come for His Bride, as recorded in 1 Thes. 4:13- 
18; 2 Thes. 2:1-3; Matt. 24:36-44. Many speak of "signs" 
of the Second Coming of Jesus; but no signs are listed 
of this great event in God's Word! Jesus himself states 
that He will come "as .a thief in the night" and commands 
that we watch, and that we be ready most of all. His dis- 
ciples asked for "signs" (See. Matt. 24:3), but He informed 
them: "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, 
not the angels in heaven, but my Father only." Therefore 
even Jesus could offer no signs ,as to when this event 
would occur! He did say that His coming would be "in 
such an hour as ye think not." He told His disciples just 
what the world would be doing when He comes again, but 
not when (Matt. 24:37-39). 

(2.) The other "Coming of our Lord" will be when He 
comes With His Bride. At the Rapture Jesus does not de- 
scend upon the earth; neither does the world of unregen- 
erate men behold Him. He hesitates in mid-air, and send- 
ing His angels forth the living who are righteous, shall 
be changed "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye" and 
shall be caught up with the resurrected righteous ones 
from among the dead, to meet Christ in the air, leaving 
all careless, wicked, and unregenerated people behind: 
"Then shall two he in the field; the one shall be taken, 
and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what 
hour your Lord doth come." (Matt. 24:40-42). After this 
these changed, and resurrected Saints will be taken be- 
fore the Judgment Seat of Christ to receive their rewards 



(Romans 14:10-12; 1 Cor. 3:8). After having received 
our rewards according to our labors, we are pi'esented to 
the Father and sit down together at the Marriage Feast 
of the Lamb: "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor 
unto Him; for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His 
wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that 
she should be arrayed in white linen, clean and white: 
for the fine linen is the righteousness of the Saints. And 
He said unto me, 'Write, Blessed are they which are called 
unto the marriage supper of the Lamb'" (Rev. 19:7-19). 
'then arrives the time for the final "coming" of our Lord. 
This is the time when all the tribes of earth shall mourn, 
tor they shall see Him coming "In the clouds of heaven 
with power and great glory" (Matt. 24:30). This occurs 
in the portrayal of earth conditions as related in the Sixth 
Seal (Rev. 6:14-17) which closes the world government 
of mankind, and the governors, kings and potentates shall 
hide themselves in dens and rocks of the mountains and 
call for them to "Fall on us, and hide us from the face 
of Him that sitteth upon the throne, for the great day 
of His wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?" 
(Rev. 6:14-17). Here, and in many other places we find 
distinctive signs relating to His coming in Revelation, in 
fact all signs written are related to this visible appear- 
ance of Jesus Christ. This is the "end of the world" of 
which the disciples asked Jesus for a sign (Matt. 24:3). 
After this Jesus shall reign with His people for a period 
of 1000 years, which is commonly called "the Millennium." 
Men and women are made ready for this great event 
through proclaiming the Glad Tidings, or through world 
evangelism. Pastor Lanark Brethren Church. 



(Continued from page U) 

home, and there would be an upsurge of it in all the world 
emerging into the clean air again after all our duplicity 
and doubletalk. 

8. What Einstein called, "The infantile diseases, the 
measles of mankind, nationalism" would be forgotten in 
the larger Christian view which does not stop at the wa- 
ter's edge. Right now our State Department practices in- 
ternationalism in Europe and Isolationism in Asia, but 
they will learn it's one world after all. 

9. Liquor advertising would be noticeably absent from 
magazines and newspapers and the radio. Stringent con- 
trols would be adopted, supported by an adequate educa- 
tional campaign, which would rid the nation of alcohol- 
ism ,and make prohibition a normal condition in one gen- 
eration. Meantime almost ten billion dollars a year would 
be poured into housing, clothing, travel, education, books, 
etc., which now goes down the drain worse than wasted. 
Notable changes would be made in crime statistics, acci- 
dent statistics, domestic relations, courts statistics. People 
would get along more helpfully with each other with this 
great disturber removed from the scene. 

10. The government would help research on heart dis- 
ease, cancer, poliomelitus, and such with the same assidu- 
ity and cash that we once spent on atomic research for 
death. 

11. Our huge war machine becoming yearly less needed 
would be used to productive ends of peace all over the 
world. Japan would become a leading Christian Democratic 
Nation, Western Germany would lead a Europe awaken- 
ing to the possibilities of peace and freedom through the 



application of Christian ideals of government. Displacead 
persons would be resettled, the weak protected. 

12. Better housing, better schools, reduction of death on 
our highways, the increase in longevity resulting from our 
increased knowledge and application of our "know how" to 
good living would all be reflected from our quitting this 
moral slide and getting a sensible view of life. Marxist 
Communism would have nothing to feed upon because its 
natural sources and breeding areas would disappear. Racial 
intolerance and ill will would be finished forever. Politics 
would be "the orderly progress of society along the lines 
of greatest usefulness to itself" instead of the present or- 
der of greed and grab. 

People will likely never give such a political revolution 
a chance to happen. Rather we shall probably stew in the 
wonderful brew of Mr. Truman and friends until the bombs 
fall, unless there is a real revival. Reason: we don't want 
to be disturbed. How else can you explain the status quo ? 
The practice of Christianity in daily life and in govern- 
ment lays certain requirements upon the individual that 
makes up the nation. Are you personally meeting them ? 
What are you doing to make this a Christian nation ? How 
much have you done to take Christianity into the far places 
of the earth: China, Japan, Africa, India? If we Chris- 
tians have been so lethargic about the whole business of 
seeing that God gets the Earth why should we expect 
politicians to live and act by the principles of One who 
we very often deny by our indifference? 

Christ stands at the door and knocks TODAY. Will in- 
dividuals, home, churches, industries, institutions, nations, 
hear His voice and open the door ? Part of the answer lies 
with you. — Pastor Mt. Olive & Bethlehem Churches. 



FEBRUARY 18, 1950 



PAGE SEVEN 



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btj Dyoll Belote 



The place and importance of Worship in the life of the 
individual is a matter of far-reaching import. The Word 
is replete with admonitions to the individual to accord rev- 
erence and homage to the Creator. Men are reminded that 
God is a jealous God, and that failure or refusal to wor- 
ship Him will be requited. And yet nowhere is there a 
suggestion that the worship of the Almighty is intended 
to be burdensome. We are told to "Worship the Lord in 
the beauty of holiness." There is the intimation herewith 
that Worship may be beautiful. And what is more comely 
than praise ascending from the creature! That worship 
is desired by our God is sat forth in the instructions of 
the Creator to our first parents to erect an altar and offer 
sacrifice unto their Maker. The Psalmist invites his fel- 
lows to join him in woi'ship, in the admonition, "0 come, 
let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the 
Lord our maker." Psalm 95:6. 

The request to "Worship the Lord in the beauty of holi- 
ness," it might seem has been interpreted to mean "in the 
presence of beautiful surroundings," with stained glass 
windows and polished chancels, with ornate decorations 
in the choir lofts and embroidered altar cloths upon the 
pulpit desks. And we are reminded that in the instructions 
for the erection of the Tabernacle the Hebrew people were 
directed to construct it of the finest of woods, and to use 
beautiful cloths and precious metals, while decorations 
were to adorn the posts and embroidery the curtains. But 
the Word says we are to worship the Lord 'in the beauty 
of holiness." Holiness in the worshipper is an adornment 
to both the worshipper and the sanctuary, and would seem 
to be as the odor of a sweet smell in the nostrils of Je- 
hovah. 

The writer sometimes wonders if the present-day wor- 
shipper appreciates the seriousness, the sanctity, the 
worth of every devotional worship service in a church's 
program. To fathom the utter depth of meaning in the 
worship of our churches it would seem that there must 
be a larger measure of understanding of what the Bible 
means when it counsels us that God is a Spirit, and they 
that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. 
Recently a young woman made the assertion that most 
folks go to church to look around and see how folks are 
dressed, and to ease a guilty conscience. And there may 
be more truth than fiction in the charge. The services of 
the sanctuary are not the place for the display of dress, 
or the indulgence in the trading of community secrets or 
scandals, or mere gossip. There are folk who seem to be 
unable to wait until some bosom friend arrives at the ser- 
vices so they can confide some secret to them. On the 
other hand the worship service of a church is no place 
for "Book Reviews" — no matter what the nature of the 
books reviewed. Nor yet is it the place for mere enter- 
tainment or frivolous programs — either literary or musical. 
The services of God's House are for the proclaiming of 
the Glad Tidings of the Good News of the Gospel. 

The Gospel is a message of Sin and Salvation, of re- 
pentance and forgiveness, of gain or loss, of Heaven or 



Hell. And the choice between these opposites must be pre- 
sented to men, and those choices have eternal conse- 
quences in determining the future destiny of the choosers. 

The Psalmist s invitation is to a humble, reverent ado- 
ration of the Almighty — "O come, let us worship and bow 
down: let us kneel before the Lord our Maker." Kneeling 
is an attitude of humility, a confession of the sense of 
unworthiness, and the need of blessing from on high. As 
suppliants we are to come before the Heavenly Father; 
joyful in the privilege of approaching into the presence 
of the Divine, but not presumptuous; familiar as children 
before a father, yet reverential as creatures before the 
Creator. 

Worship is a religious experience, and entirely separate 
from the worldly experiences of life. Worship is a thing 
of the soul and not of the body, though the body may be 
swayed by the emotions of the mind. Physical surround- 
ings will make an impress upon the body and mind, but 
the soul must rise into profounder realms if it would know 
the utter joy and peace and power of true worship. Singing 
is an integral part of worship and adds much to the beauty 
and uplift of the service; but singing should be engaged 
in with the primary purpose of glorifying God, and not 
exhibiting the power, and range and clarity of tone of 
our voices — that we may be heard and praised of other 
worshippers. Our praise should be offered with our heart's 
sincerest and most fervent intent, and offered toward God 
Himself. With abounding joy we should lift up our voices, 
actuated by such a happy and peaceful spirit as a trustful 
love is sure to foster. "God is our abiding, immutable and 
mighty rock, and in Him we find deliverance and safety, 
therefore it becomes us to praise Him with heart and 
voice from day to day; and especially should we delight 
to do this when we assemble as His people for public wor- 
ship." 

Our worship is to be with Thanksgiving and should have 
reference to the past as well as the future; for if we do 
not bless the Lord for what we have already received, how 
can we reasonably look for other and needed blessings in 
the future ? We are permitted to bring our petitions, and 
therefore we are in honor bound to bring our thanksgiv- 
ings. 

And in the ninety-fifth Psalm we have the warning that 
men shall not forget God's goodness and love and patience. 
"... Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your 
heart, as in the provocation, . . . ". Be not willfully, wan- 
tonly, repeatedly, obstinately rebellious. The experience 
of God's chosen people should be sufficient example for 
the Christian. God remembers men's sins, and the more 
memorably so when they are committed against frequent 
warnings. "He is our God." This is the master reason for 
worship. He is ours, and our God; ours, therefore will we 
love Him; our God, therefore will we worship Him. As He 
belongs to us, so do we belong to Him, our God; so can 
we refuse to "worship and bow down" when we clearly 
see that "this is our God for ever and ever, and will be 
our guide, even unto death?" 

Pastor Brethren Church, Linwood, Maryland. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Sunday Servants - Giants In The Church 



Mrs. L. E. Lindower 



"I want to be a giant for God," Billy Sunday once as- 
serted; and his subsequent life exemplified a constant striv- 
ing for this goal. The circumstances surrounding his birth 
and early life were not such that one could reasonably ex- 
pect William A. Sunday, commonly and lovingly known as 
Billy Sunday, to be a giant in any particular. 

Born on November 19, 1862, while his father was serv- 
ing with the army in the Civil War, he never saw his par- 
ent, who died a few weeks after his son's birth. Obliged 
to enter an orphanage at the age of twelve, he was de- 
nied the normal homelife so necessary to a happy child- 
hood: his mother could not continue to keep her family 
together after his father's death. 

Unable to finish high school and launched upon a base- 
ball career, 'his background did not seem to presage any 
great future. In fact, viewing some of his companions and 
the experiences accompanying his baseball playing, one 
is amazed at the achievements of this spiritual' colossus. 

When Billy Sunday attended the little mission and ac- 
cepted Christ, an ardent crusader for Christ was born. 
At first he continued to play baseball, testifying humbly 
to his companions when the occasion permitted; but after 
a period of dividing his interests in this manner, he con- 
cluded that he must spend his full time doing God's work. 
Realizing very well his .educational limitations and the 
material sacrifice involved — he gave up a five hundred dol- 
lars a month salary, a huge amount in those days — he 
needed tremendous faith to persevere in his undertaking. 
But he had that faith. 

Billy Sunday should be an example and source of in- 
spiration to us today. He had no great natural ability 
or material wealth; yet he became a great workman for 
God, because he used what he had and dedicated it to God. 
His very background of hard knocks and baseball expe- 
riences gave him appeal as a speaker to many people. 

Because of his meager education he studied and tried to 
learn more; but he always kept his preaching on a level 
that anyone could comprehend. He often declared, "1 
want men to come from factories and understand me 
without bringing dictionaries along." 

His sermons were full of comfort and common sense, 
such as this: "Don't give up Christ and religion when 
things go wrong: you don't throw your ticket away when 
the train goes through a tunnel; it will come out on the 
other side." 

He was a born actor; he had a harsh, rasping voice. 
Maybe he wouldn't have appealed to you or me; but he 
reached many and brought them to Christ: some 250,000 
were born again because of his preaching. In Pittsburgh 
the daily newspapers yielded him more space than it did 
scandal — a phenomenal concession. After his visit to this 
city, much political corruption was overthrown; Bible 
classes sprang up in many places. 

As a preacher Billy Sunday was not mystical and med- 
itative, but practical and dynamic; he could fluently ex- 
coriate the devil, but he was at his best exalting Christ. 
Confessed Sunday, "I never preach a sermon until I have 
soaked it in prayer." Is it surprising that such a man could 
become a giant — a spiritual giant for God? 



How many of our undertakings do we "soak in prayer?" 
Do we Christians feel a burning desire to be giants for 
God ? Most of us, I believe, would actually delight in do- 
ing great things for God, but we limit ourselves: we fear 
that we can't — that we are not big or great enough. 

If Billy Sunday had counted an his natural abilities or 
his material prosperity, he never would have dared to 
hope for results in preaching the gospel. Fortunately, how- 
ever, he depended entirely upon God, dedicating the little 
which he had to be usea in the work. 

Invited to hold a meeting at the University of Pennsyl- 
vania, one might easily have feared such an assignment 
because of his inadequate experience and training in speak- 
ing to very intelligent people, but not God's aspiring giant. 
With humility in his own limitations and pride in his Sav- 
ior's power, he undertook with enthusiasm this meeting 
where thousands of young people attended, hearing his 
stirring messages, and hundreds dedicated their lives to 
Christ. 

What do you and I have to be used for God? Most of 
us possess as much as or more than Billy Sunday had, but 
do we present it to God ? Do we yearn for great spiritual 
stature in His sight? Does prayer activate our plans and 
desires for Him ? 

If the Church today possessed fifteen thousand servants 
as yielded and zealous as Billy Sunday was — whose con- 
verts to Christianity are estimated at 250,000 — the entire 
population of the known world could be reached for Christ. 
Tremendous things could be done for God. Indeed, more 
Sunday servants would mean giants in the Church. 

Ashland. Ohio. 



Home Missions Congress 
At Columbus, Ohio 

The National Congress of Home Missions, 1200 
strong, met at the Deshler-Wallick Hotel, Colum- 
bus, January 24-27. It was the Secretary's privi- 
lege to attend several sessions. 

Such outstanding church leaders as Ralph W. 
Sockman, Hermann N. Morse, John R. Stalker, 
Con rod Taeuber, Reinhold Niebuhr, Jacob A. 
Long, Douglas Horton, H. Gordon Hullfish and 
others made contributions to the program. 

The group was divided into seminars at differ- 
ent periods of the day to discuss and, if possible, 
arrive at certain decisions, which were brought 
before the assembly in the form of resolutions, 
for decisions. 

Subjects under discussion in this conference 
were — Communism, Race Problems, The Rural 
and City Church, Prejudice, Church Architecture, 
( Continued on Pace 10) 



FEBRUARY 18, 1950 



PAGE NINE 



EXPECTANCY 



, ■ ■ ■■'■■. 



OF FULFILMENT 



by Chester F. Zimmerman 
One of a Radio Series 




"Now to him who by the power at work within us is 
able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or 
think, to his be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to 
all generations, for ever and ever. Amen." 

Attempt great things for God; expect great things from 
God! This is the need of the hour. This is the challenge to 
the souls that are in doubt. There are so many opportuni- 
ties for us to do good, wherever we are, or whatever we 
are doing, that it would be impossible to list them all. 

You undoubtedly have heard criticism of the church and 
the implication that nothing worthwhile is being accom- 
plshed. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The 
church and the preacher stand next to Christ in Scripture 
and in history. They have been a permanent witness in 
periods of sweeping change. The light of hope has been 
held up in times of darkness. The expectancy of the hu- 
man heart has been upheld. In this third chapter of Ephe- 
sians we find another example of expectancy that is look- 
ing for the fulfillment of all things. 

Why should we not give glory to God? Why should we 
be so miserly with our expectancy and our vision ? Could 
it be because we do not understand the way and work of 
God? 

Let us take a look at the stars. The fact of the vast 
host of stars is a fact of modern discovery. Hipparchus, 
about a century and a half before Christ, gave the num- 
ber of stars as 1,022 and Ptolemy, in the beginning of the 
second century of the Christian era, could find but 1,026. 
We may on a clear night, with the unaided eye see only 
1,160 or if we could survey the whole celestial sphere, 
about 3,000. But when the telescope began to be pointed 
to the heavens, less than three centuries ago, by Galileo, 
then for the first time men began to know that Jeremiah 
was right when he made the stars as countless as the sand 
on the seashore. I seem to hear some ancient apostle of 
Deism declaring, five hundred years ago, on the mistakes 
of Jeremiah, and saying "Who is this who claims to be 
inspired and talks of countless stars ? Can he not count 
3,000?" But when Lord Rosse's instrument turned its 
great mirror to the sky, lo, the number of visible stars in- 
creases to nearly 40D,000,000 and Herschel compares the 
multitude of them to glittering dust scattered on the black 
background of the heavens. Who taught Jeremiah astron- 
omy? Yet, when John Herschel, at the foot of the dark 



continent, resolves the nebulae into suns, and Lord Rosse, 
as with the eye of a Titan, finds in the cloudy scarf about 
Orion "a gorgeous bed of stars," and the Milky Way it- 
self, which floats its streaming banner across the vault 
of heaven, proves to be simply a grand procession of stars 
absolutely without number; how true is the exclamation 
of Jeremiah, 600 years before Christ, 2,200 years before 
Galileo, "the host of heaven cannot be numbered!" 

What have you been asking of God? What have you 
been thinking of asking of God ? The power at work with- 
in us is able to do far more abundantly than we ask or 
think. This is the expectancy of Ephesians. This is the 
inspired record. 

The next time you pray, pause and take a good look at 
that prayer. Is it one that is too self -centered ? Is it one 
that is .asking only in generalities? Or are you making 
your prayer requests specific enough that God can an- 
swer them ? 

The power that works within us is the indwelling Holy 
Spirit. He will not force us to do anything that we do not 
wish to do. However, he will give us strength, wisdom and 
guidance for any worthwhile effort we wish to make. You 
can find help from him or stifle him with indifference or 
trespasses. The choice is yours. 

The clock of the Pottsdam Garrison Church, which Fred- 
erick the Great in his day had placed in the tower of that 
cathedral, and which hourly chimed forth the familiar 
strains of the old choral, "Praise the Lord," and half- 
hourly, "Be Ever Faithful, Ever True," suddenly stopped 
and ceased to intone its sacred melodies. The cause of 
this sudden cessation of both its works and its music was 
the intrusion of a brown butterfly, which alighted in its 
wheel-works and brought to a standstill the correct and 
never-failing timekeeper and choral-intoner. Is it not often 
thus with the heart of man, out of which swell songs of 
joy and praise — songs suddenly and unexpectedly reduced 
to silence ? The cause of it often is so insignificant a thing 
as a transient thought, a worrying care, which becomes 
entangled in the delicate spiritual works and brings the 
heavenly music to a standstill. 

If you have never taken Christ as your Savior, made 
public witness to your faith and pledged yourself to fol- 
low his way throughout life, you are like a young girl, of 
whom I read, who made her home in a family of wealth 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



JOHN G. PATON -- Missionary to the Hebrides 



by Robert Holsinger — Seminary Student 



Few missionaries have been subjected to such intense 
opposition was John G. Paton in the years which he 
labored among the treacherous cannibals. He suffered the 
loss of his wife and child through malaria, and was him- 
self stricken countless times with this disease. His life 
was in constant danger from the natives. Other Mission- 
aries had cracked under the strain — or had been killed by 
the "Gospel-hating" savages, but Paton completely sur- 
rendered his life to God, and refused to leave his post so 
long as a single native would listen to the story of Christ's 
love. 

Paton was the oldest of 9 children, and had been dedi- 
cated to the Lord by a godly father unable himself to enter 
the ministry. At the age of 12 he began to work and to 
put himself through school. He became highly successful 
as ,a teacher, and as a city Missionary in Glasgow, Scot- 
land. He held this mission post for 10 years while com- 
pleting his University, Divinity, and Medical school work. 

Given one of the most degraded districts of the city, 
John worked here under great personal risk, and resistance 
from the saloons and evil forces, but he overcame them 
and the experience gained was of inestimable value in his 
later mission work. In spite of his great success in Glas- 
cow the words of the great commission kept ringing in 
his ears. He was reluctant to leave the work which he 
had built up, and many tried to dissuade him from going. 
He could have a house and name his own salary if he 
would stay, but the need of the perishing heathen in the 
South Seas was continually before him. So that when the 
opportunity came he offered himself for the New Hebrides 
Mission. 

John and his wife began their work on the island of 
Tanna, .and the Lord miraculously stayed the hand of the 
murderous natives. Ironically it was the white man, the 
traders, which proved to be the greatest hindrance to the 
work of the Missionaries. Paton made pp a Tannese al- 
phabet from the sounds of their language, learned all the 



vocabulary they had, and it was not long before he was 
printing portions of Scripture in Tannese. He was able 
to build a church but it was soon burned by the natives. 
He then held services around the island in spite of threats 
against his life. Whenever a war was in progress he would 
fearlessly go among them and pray with each side, and 
many times a battle was stopped by his efforts — but an- 
other would soon break out. The natives hated the wor- 
ship of God because it made them stop their fighting and 
cannibalism. 

One time a wild chief followed John around for 4 hours 
with a loaded musket pointed at him. Another time he was 
surrounded by the war chief and a large party of armed 
men. Twice they levelled their musket, but finally went 
away without a word being spoken, or a shot being fired. 
Many times Paton was marked for sacrifice and eating. 
Such was his daily experience for a period of 6 years. He 
never knew, even for an hour how he might be attacked, 
but being completely resigned to God's will, he had peace 
in his soul. In the fact of .all this danger he remained, 
unwilling to leave because of the few faithful. He felt 
that he would not be worthy of Christ and of the noble 
ones who died before him if he left for danger only. 
Finally two missionaries were killed on a nearby island, 
and when the natives saw that God did not send any pun- 
ishment for their death — Paton lost all influence with the 
natives, and he was fortunate to escape from the island 
with his life. All his belongings were lost except his Bible 
and a Tannest translation he had completed. 

He went to Australia and Scotland telling of his expe- 
riences. He raised thousands of dollars and secured many 
missionary recruits to help him, then returned to the 
Islands where he continued to labor for most of his long 
life. He built upon the solid foundation he had laid before 
and .at the time of his death had the pleasure of seeing 
churches established, and many converts on all the Islands 
of the New Hebrides. 



(Continued from page 9) 
and influence. She enjoyed all the privileges of a daugh- 
ter of the house and was looked on as such. She was 
often asked whether she was adopted, but she would reply 
that she had never been quite willing to break off her 
family connections. But by-and-by her benefactor died 
suddenly, without a will, and she found that she was a 
penniless orphan. She had no claim to an inheritance. This 
is your position if you are undecided today. You cannot 
look for this fulfillment of glory for the father "in the 
church and in Christ Jesus to all generations for ever 
and ever." 

The mills of God are grinding slowly and surely today. 
His will is being done by the Christian world and the un- 
christian world is drawing away from Him. There is a 
form of godliness without power existing today. The time 
of Christ's appearing certainly draws near when He shall 
come for His church. Then shall' every voice, of the true 
church, be raised to give glory to the Father of His re- 
vealed word. — Muncie, Indiana. 



HOME MISSIONS CONGRESS AT 
COLUMBUS, OHIO 

(Continued from, page 8) 
Human Rights, Migrant population in certain 
areas — their religious needs, lack of funds, etc. 
The zeal and spirit of the convention was out- 
standing. 

It was most heartening to note men and women 
from so many walks of life, eagerly contending 
for spiritual help and guidance for the needy thou- 
sands in so many parts of our country. 

To share in such a convention, even as a vis- 
itor, and the privilege to be entertained at nights 
in the home of our son and his family, Dr. Jack- 
son W. Riddle, instructor in the Medical school of 
Ohio State University, was restful and most ac- 
ceptable. E M R 



FEBRUARY 18, 1950 



PAGE ELEVEN 



What Ma\es Jesus And His Followers Attractive? 



by J. Wesley Piatt 



In approaching this subject several questions at once 
arise. The first is "attractive to whom?" The second is 
"what is the difference of attractiveness between Christ 
and His Followers," for there is a wide difference in the 
degree of attractiveness. 

There are other questions that present themselves, but 
since this article will by no means exhaust the subject, 
we will content ourselves with these two, and that in a 
limited manner. 

We will take up the second question first. 
The very nature of the case demands an acceptance of 
the difference between Jesus Christ and His followers. 
Let us examine Heb. 1 :3, "Jesus is the brightness of the 
glory of God, and the express image of His person." This 
is a unique position, and Jesus alone lives in that area. 
He is God's only begotten Son, He is God manifest in the 
flesh, He is The Word that became flesh. 

No follower of Jesus Christ, no matter how consecrated 
and devoted to Him, would presume to allow such holy 
ascriptions to himself. No, in spite of everything we would 
like to believe and say about the followers of Christ, there 
is a great distance and difference between them and Him. 
A casual conversation with many a Christian reveals the 
sad fact that the enjoyment of close personal fellowship 
with Christ has not yet become a reality with them. This 
is one reason we are forced to recognize the difference in 
attractiveness between Christ and His followers. But, dear 
friends, the distance between, can and must be reduced. 
His word commands us, "Grow in grace and in the knowl- 
edge of God," and as we do we draw closer and closer to 
Him. 

It is recorded of Peter that he followed Jesus afar off 
and then sat down with the servants to see the end. It was 
a sad experience for him, for by the time the night was 
passed he had denied the Lord three times. 

Pentecost, with the coming of the Holy Ghost, made a 
real follower of Peter, whose close walk with Christ con- 
stituted him from that hour a real leader in the early 
church. It is this same man, who, changed by the Spirit 
of God, writes in his first epistle 2:7, "Unto you, there- 
fore, which believe, He is precious." 

Now we have the clue as to whom Christ is attractive. 
We may come to this more fully later. 

In John 14:17 Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to His 
disciples saying, "He dwelleth with you and shall be in 
you." On the eventful day of Pentecost the Word says, 
"they were all filled with the Holy Ghost." So He came 
in and now they became very close followers of Christ, so 
close in fact they were now leaders in the power of the 
Holy Ghost, which Jesus said would represent Him through- 
out the age of Grace. The discouraging distance between 
the Lord Jesus and His followers had diminished to such 
an extent that Pauls' description in the words, "for me 
to live is Christ," now fit their case. Jesus was the realest 
of everything to and in them. From there on their lives 
are yielded to His control. The hymn writer states it in 
similar words, "Jesus shall my yielded life control." 

It is appropriate at this point to appraise the attrac- 
tiveness of Jesus Christ to you, by the degree of your 



yieldedness to Him. It is the indisputable proof of His at- 
tractiveness to you. You alone have the answer to this, and 
no one else can answer it for you. But, dear reader, do 
answer it. 

The attractiveness of Jesus is brought to our attention 
in the pronouncement of Pilate, the pagan governor for 
Rome, when after examining Him three times, he as many 
times says, before them all, "I find no fault in Him at 
all." 

Consider those words of Pilate in contrast with the tes- 
timony of John chapter 1, "He came unto His own and 
His own received Him not." They rejected Him and clam- 
ored for His crucifixion when instead they ought to have 
received Him and obeyed His voice. 

Returning to Pilate's words, "no fault in Him at all." 
"Faultless, spotless Lamb of God." Of no one else dare 
such clean words be spoken. Pilate could not have said 
that about the high priest, nor of himself. 

No, we stand in the presence of a Person who is unique, 
and who dwells in an area where His resident, inherent 
perfection defies comparison. Of no one dare it be said, 
no fault in him. Jesus and Jesus alone dare receive such 
testimony. 

The apostle Paul does say in I Thess. 5, "And the very 
God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your 
whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless 
unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." Notice he says 
here blameless not faultless, and when that condition fits 
us, it will be because of our faith that is obedient unto 
Him, He takes our faults and bathing them in His love 
and grace, He dissolves them in His own faultlessness. 

To make known this Christ is the joyous privilege and 
grave responsibility of every Christian and constitutes the 
essence of all missionary work, Whether here at home or 
in other lands. God knows we need a real stirring in the 
lives of all of God's children. We are living in times, when 
for some reasons everything attracts but Jesus. Our age 
is reaching an anti-climax. Again we recall the words of 
an old hymn, "And only man is vile." Can't we even reach 
the honest words of Pilate about Jesus, "I find no fault 
in Him at all." We are not even courageous enough to 
examine Christ in our time, and we heartlessly ignore 
Him. Shame on our age. 

Somehow I can't help but feel that Pilate showed more 
honor and honesty, and only for the pressure of the Jews 
upon him, he probably would have liberated Him out of 
their hands. We don't take time to make an honest inves- 
tigation of Him. There is not a single thing we need to 
be ashamed of as it touches Him. Yet in our work from 
person to person, we find so many who dismiss the entire 
subject of Christ,by a casual, "Well, I just can't see it." And 
the truth is, they can't, because they do not want to. 
Jesus looked squarely into the eyeballs of many who were 
refusing Him, and said, "Ye will not come unto me that 
ye might have life." 

There you have it, in the presence of the One of Whom 
Paul wrote, "He is the Head over all things to the Church," 
(Continued on Page 13) 



PAGE TWELVE 



THE BRETHREN KVANGELIS7 



HEWS 



From the Christian World 



Japan — The Roman Catholics are building a powerful 
broadcasting station, and their schools, monasteries and 
hospitals are going up on every hand. They are about 
to build a costly church in Hiroshima. Shall Christ have 
Japan, or shall it be overrun with Communism or Cathol- 
icism? Here are the greatest missoinary oppornities the 
Christian Church has ever known. The door is open for 
i a mighty band of consecrated men and women to yield 
themselves to mission work in this great land. It presents 
a mighty challenge to young people. Pray for Japan. 

More than two-thirds of the grocers of America refuse 
to sell alcoholic beverages, according to a statement by the 
American Business Men's Research Foundation. The mem- 
bers of the Independent Grocers' Alliance are almost sol- 
idly against the sale of beer in their stores. Yet only six 
states forbid the sale of beer in grocery stores; twelve 
others ban also hard liquors in groceries and delicatessens. 

Peril in Colombia — In recent elections the Conservative, 
or Roman Catholic, party went to the polls and elected 
Dr. Laureano Gomez president of Colombia for the next 
four years. The Liberal Party abstained from voting. 

Dr. Gomez, who recently spent some time in Spain 
studying the methods of General Franco, threatens to set 
up a similar anti-Protestant regime in South America. He 
is using the argument that it will be a bulwark against 
Communism as an excuse for setting up a Roman Cath- 
olic dictatorship. Actually, the Communist forces in Co- 
lombia are very small. 

In the pre-election period, at least eight Protestant 
chapels were burned, and an unknown number of Protest- 
ant converts made homeless. In one section all Protestant 
churches except two have been closed; masses are being 
said in two others. 

Since the Conservative party is actually in the major- 
ity and the election was carried on by illegal methods, the 
outlook in Colombia is very dark and challenges Chris- 
tians everywhere to prayer. 

Bible shortage — A shortage of Bibles, traceable to a 
scarcity of experienced workers in the bookbinding trade, 
is currently hampering the operations of the Norwegian 
Bible Society. 

At the same time, the society announced that it had 
made a gift of $10,000 worth of Bible printing paper to 
similar groups in Germany, Poland and the Balkans. 

Warns America Must Return to Spirituality — Dr. Rob- 
ert G. Lee of Memphis, president of the Southern Baptist 
Convention, warned that the "pallbearers which carried 
off previous great nations will do the same to America 
unless this nation returns to spirituality." 




"Our greatest peril is the lack of spirituality in our 
homes and schools," he said. 

Addressing the Southern Baptist Sunday School confer- 
ence, Dr. Lee said, "materialism knocks at every door 
and travels every highway. America must see that in her 
great spiritual body blood flows from a spiritual heart. 
To do this we must have more spiritual homes and better 
church attendance." 

London is experimenting in certain sections with the 
"junk playground." Copied from the one first laid out by 
the Copenhagen workers' co-operative housing association, 
this experiment in child welfare uses old buildings, dere- 
lict autos, building rubble, wheelbarrows and old tools in- 
stead of the conventional playground equipment. It is 
claimed to be effective against juvenile delinquency by 
giving play to the imagination and releasing creative in- 
stincts. 

Cairo, Egypt — Some 202,000 Arab refugees in the Gaza 
strip of southwest Palestine are shivering through the 
winter with a minimum of fuel and shelter. The Amer- 
ican Friends Service Committee (Quaker) carry a relief 
program here and report that in spite of the cold, the 
general health condition is holding up well. Six thousand 
tents are provided for them. Last winter they lived in 
holes in the ground and under trees. The Quakers have 
recommended that other attempts be made to find another, 
more permanent refugee home. At the end of March, this 
relief program will be turned over to the U. N. pi'ogram. 

Racial intolerance is growing in South Africa. Evidence 
of this is found in the opening of the fifth private prison 
in the Orange Free State from which black convicts are 
hired out to farmers as cheap labor; in the request for 
separate hearses for black and white funerals in the 
Transvaal; in the petitions from various groups of whites 
to the government that all condemned black murderers be 
hanged in public. 

The new Waldensian village at Praly was filled to ca- 
pacity as Protestant youth from all parts of Italy gath- 
ered for a nine-day winter camp during which religious 
discussion alternated with skiing. 
PAUL PREACHED CHRIST 

What would have been the result if Paul had preached 
simply a social Gospel? The seminary I attended in Chi- 
cago sent students out to visit different churches and 
report. Thus I came to visit a Unitarian church in which 
the pastor explained that he understood that the people 
worked hard during the week and did not want to be har- 
assed about their sins on Sunday. So he read an essay on 
a popular novel. Conversions? None. 



FEBRUARY 18, 1950 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



(Continued from page 11) 

and "In Him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead in bod- 
ily form," many, oh, so very many turn away from Him 
and live as though He does not exist. 

Might it be that we hide His attractiveness under or 
behind lifeless verbiage and a misrepresentation of Who 
He Is. The Greeks came one day and said, "We would see 
Jesus." Would to God men might follow through such an 
honest quest today. Tell men Who He Is. 

One day in our home Dr. Gribble with her young daugh- 
ter, rather casually presented Marguerite. Brother Gribble 
had laid his missionary armor down. After a while Mar- 
guerite spoke to her mother saying, "Mother, you didn't 
tell them who I am." She was the. daughter of our pioneer 
missionary to Africa. She sensed something important 
about James S. Gribble and his work in Africa and she 
was the daughter of James S. and Florence N. Gribble. 

It may be we don't tell people understandingly Who 
Jesus Is. There is attractiveness in Jesus Christ. He says 
Himself in John 12:32, "And I, if I be lifted up from the 
earth will draw all men unto me." Come and see Jesus? 

I have written many words and I am aware I have not 
yet said "What makes Jesus attractive?" To tell the truth 
I am ready to say I don't know. I am conscious that 
I am in its atmosphere, in its environs, yes, I feel the 
magnetism of it, I am attracted by it, but the "it" is "He," 
Jesus Christ. 

I find myself somewhat in the frame of mind of the 
blind man to whom Jesus gave sight. About him was much 
confusion, criticism, questionings, impeachments, and the 
like. Many questions were asked that he could not answer, 
and like many today, they aren't even worth answering; 
but he dissipated all doubts, when his clear testimony 
came ringing through, "One thing I know, that whereas 
I was blind, now I see." That is the important thing. So 
I say, one thing I know. 

One day, when I was eleven years old, I heard the voice 
of Jesus through the preacher say, Come. He attracted 
me. 1 came. I accepted Him, I gave Him my heart. Ana 
here forty-eight years later on this Feb. 1, 1950, I hear 
my heart saying of Jesus, He is the One altogether love- 
ly. He is the Rose of Sharon, He is the Lily of the Val- 
ley, He is the Bright and Morning Star, He is the Fairest 
of Ten Thousand to my soul. What makes Him attractive, 
I don't know. He just is attractive and I am satisfied with 
Him. But a question conies to me, "Is my Master satis- 
fied with me?" This question leads me to the second part 
of the subject, "and His Followers." 

I may state first that according to God's plan, we read, 
"As He is so are we in this world." I John 4:17. Really 
Christ's followers are strangers and pilgrims in the earth. 
This world is not their home. Christians are virtually 
Christ's ambassadors representing Him at this foreign 
court. Jesus said of His own. They are not of the world 
even as I am not of the world. If ye were of the world, 
the world would love his own. The Prince of this world 
cometh and hath nothing in me. The whole world lieth in 
the wicked one. Love not the world, neither the things 
that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love 
of the Father is not in him. 

Just because so many professed followers of Jesus havt 
abandoned their pilgrim ideas, they have adjusted their 
lives to conform far too much to the world and its allure- 
ments. As you pursue a course in personal work, how you 



must apologize for so many who claim to be Christ's fol- 
lowers. Not long ago one of our members told of an inci- 
dent, when a certain man said of one who is a member 
of the church and ostensibly a follower of Christ, "Now I 
could be his kind of a Christian, take a drink when I want 
to, smoke, etc., etc." It was meant as a compliment, but 
tne one of whom such words were spoken saw himself in 
the light of his friend and was very unhappy that such 
an appraisal should be made of him. 

It is told that a young woman was at the altar to be 
saved from sin, that the young minister who came to kneel 
at her side and pray with and for her was painfully re- 
buffed when she said, "I don't want you to pray for me, 
I saw you in that show last night." Not too attractive to- 
wards Jesus Christ. 

It is being sadly admitted in all circles of thought, re- 
ligious, secular and anything that can be otherwise, that 
the most influential agency in America today is the movie. 
Just a day ago a good friend of mine told me of a prom- 
inent man who said just recently, "Whatever is wrong 
with America can be traced to the movie." 

Everyone shudders at the thoughts of Godless, Christ 
rejecting Communistic infiltrations and influences in all 
departments of American" life. I just finished reading a 
book, the author of which, has been 35 years in the writ- 
ing and producing business for the movie industry. His in- 
dictment is almost incredible. But he gives names, places, 
and facts that take one's breath. He charges that Com- 
munistic front organizations are being paid $30,000.00 per 
week from the coffers of the movie business. It would 
certainly be a shame on us if one cent of Christian monej 
should find its way into such channels. 

A good brother whose ministry the Lord blessed in many 
ways, I'll name him, Elder Jacob Shank, grandfather of 
missionaries, had a phrase that was unusually descriptive 
— representative. Invariably when speaking of the follow- 
ers of Christ, he spoke of them as the representatives of 
the Lord Jesus Christ. That is exactly correct, and the 
more perfect that representation, the more attractive that 
life should be. 

I have referred briefly to the negative phase of many 
a follower of Christ. Defeated Christians, never testify- 
ing for Jesus Christ. Never trying to lead a soul to Christ. 
One day a deaconness in a prominent church asked to 
speak to me after the service. I knew her for many years. 
She said, "I would like to be baptized." I knew she haa' 
been, but she said, "I'm not satisfied with myself. I never 
won a soul to Christ." How about you, my friend ? Will 
you pray that the beauty of Jesus may be seen in you? 
Have you won any soul to Him? Mission fields are call- 
ing. Foreign lands are open in many places more than 
ever. Some are closing. Here in America God needs work- 
ers. A life of self denial, a life on His altar for His ser- 
vice to go where He wants you to go. Deeper consecra- 
tion, a realistic look at our world in almost the death 
throes, is calling for Jesus Christ and His Followers to 
testify for Him and live for Him and lift Him up. As 
you lay your all upon His altar and mean business with 
God, you will do what the world doesn't and can't under- 
stand. But such devotion will attract some wayfaring souls 
to Him, and Solomon says, "He that winneth souls is wise." 
Prov. 11:30. 

Pastor of Manteca Brethren Church. 



PAGE FOURTEEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 




CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 



Topic for March 5, 1950 

WHY DO WE BELIEVE IN EVANGELISM? 

Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20; Ephesians 6:11-17 

For The Leader 

THIS WORD "evangelism" has been very much abused 
in our churches. It has been perverted into a radical 
emotionalism that scares the more conservative Chris- 
tians into fear of it. It has been, on the other hand, so 
stripped of its power by others, that the mere mention of 
the word brings to mind a series of nightly meetings for 
several weeks, purpose never made clear. Somewhere be- 
tween the extreme radicalism on one hand, and the frigid 
formal meeting on the other hand we must find Christ's in- 
tention for the word. Christ's very command to "Go ye" 
is the point of the word evangelism. To put it in language 
which we all can understand is 'not too difficult a job. To 
take the living message of Christ, the Son of God to the 
hearts yet lost in sin, is evangelism. It is the constant win- 
ning of souls to the saving grace of our Lord. It is the 
preaching of salvation through Jesus Christ. Our point 
tonight is to learn why we believe in Evangelism. 

DISCUSSION 

1. FIRST, WE MUST BELIEVE IN IT. To merely pass 
by the word and to say we believe in it without knowing 
what is involved is to picture a lot off people today. Many 
more apparently do not believe in evangelism themselves 
because they never do anything about it. With Christ's 
admonition to take the gospel unto all nations, teaching 
and baptizing, we have definite proof that many of ouv 
people do not believe in evangelism. Why? Because if 
their action was any thermometer of the whole church, 
the gospel would never even get to their own children. For 
instance, how many of you here tonight ever had either of 
your parents ever speak to you about giving your heart 
to Christ in salvation? Parents who don't believe in evan- 
gelizing their own children certainly aren't interested in 
"the whole wide world;" no matter how big they talk. 

2. CHRIST COMMANDED EVANGELISM. In accept- 
ing Christ we promised Him that we would seek to fol- 
low Him wherever He may lead. Yet one of the most im- 
portant, constant, and final commands to those who would 
follow Him was to evangelize. Then why are we so re- 
luctant? Perhaps Jesus knew what He said when He spoke 
to the disciples and told them to deny themselves, take 
up their cross of service, and follow Him. Surely He knew 
what He was talking about when He said that whosoever 
put his hand to the plow, and then turned back was not 
fit fi.r the kingdom of God. We believe in evangelism be- 
cause He commanded it. And believing thus, we will de- 
vote time, talents, momey, etc., to seeing that the gospel 
will go forth. Missionary offerings will increase a hundred 
times, publication offerings and subscriptions will triple, 
more and more of our young people will train as minis- 
ters, missionaries, etc. That is, we will, when we fully 



realize that His command is to take the gospel everywhere. 

3. IT IS THE SCRIPTURAL WAY TO INCREASE 
OUR MEMBERSHIP. We have slipped a long ways in our 
zeal to get new members in our chui'ches. Now, all a per- 
son has to do is decide to follow the better way that Jesus 
taught, or, join the church because all respectable people 
belong, or, just sign a card presented by a membership 
worker and you're in, or, be received in without any con- 
ditioning on what is believed, or expected to be believed. 
It may be easy toi get new members that way, but it's 
like painting the pump to purify the water. No! The scrip- 
tural way is to present to men the fact of their eternally 
lost condition outside of Christ, to show them the utter 
hopelessness of their own efforts to attain unto eternal 
life, to present to them the dying, bleeding Saviour, Son 
of God, on the cross of Calvary as their substitute for 
sinful death. Further to present to them the risen, glori- 
fied Lord Who now reigns and makes intercession for us 
and His promise of coming again. Further to present to 
them the fact that they, personally must acknowledge 
Christ as the Son of God, accept Him as their Lord and 
Saviour, follow Him into baptism for repentance for sin 
and self, and rise a new creature to serve Him in life and 
join Him face to face at death. That is the message of 
evangelism according to scripture. People so taught will 
never need to be coddled in the church, for they will be 
converted souls, and will work hard and faithfully in the 
Church for the Christ Who loves them and saved them. 

4. IT IS ESSENTIAL TO SUSTAINED VITALITY IN 
THE CHURCH. We must evangelize constantly, or die as 
a congregation. New members of our churches are not 
just manufactured from somewhere. If done in the light 
of Christ's scriptures, they come from those who, seeing 
their need of Christ, have accepted Him and are obedient 
unto Him in all things. But, our members are constantly 
dying, moving away, joining other churches, or, as in the 
case of the "slightly converted," dropping back into sin. 
So, we must constantly win new members. Long line fami- 
nes die out in a church. As a general rule, "pillar families'" 
in ouv churches do not keep their first and second genera- 
tion descendents very active in the church. So, new fam- 
ilies must be reached with the gospel, and brought into 
the church and trained. 

5. IN EVANGELISM WE FULFILL GOD'S PURPOSE 
IN US. As far as the work of Christ working in our sin- 
ful soul, we are as ready for heaven upon completing the 
requirements of salvation, as we shall ever be, and as far 
as our soul is concerned, we could go to heaven. Yet we 
find ourselves here for months, years, it may be for many, 
many years. Why? The answer is so simple. God wants 
us to go to tell others about Christ. And what a shameful 
waste of years we're going to have to answer for. Would 
you want to venture a guess as to how many of our church 
people have never had the concern of one lost soul on their 
hearts, let alone speak to that soul ? One of the evidences 
of having received salvation in Christ is that you have a 
burning desire to see others, yet in sin, brought to Christ. 
There you have it, young people. Judge for yourself the 
depth of your own personal salvation. We will turn it 
around the other way, and say that a person who has 
really received salvation, is so grateful, that he cannot 
resist telling others about it. Evangelism is your personal 
responsibility to God. 



FEBRUARY 18, 1950 




Gowiments on the Lesson h\j the Editor 

Lesson for March 5, 1950 

EPHESUS, A CENTER OF CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE 

Lesson: Acts 19:1, 8-10, 18-20; Eph. 4:25-32 

IT USED TO BE that the church was at the center of 
all activity — it was the place where people met to dis- 
cuss all things that had to do with the social and material 
activities, as well as the spiritual. In fact, the church 
was the main-spring of the entire community. The influence 
that went out over the entire surrounding territory was 
greater than all other influences put together. Those who 
were high in church circles were also high in social circles. 
What the church sanctioned was carried out; what the 
church frowned upon was taboo. 

But modern inventions and modern entertainment has 
changed all this. Now instead of being at the center of 
things, the church has been forced to take its place with 
other interests at the outer rim of the wheel of activity. 
In fact, many of the present social centers are much near- 
er the center of this wheel than is the church. 

In the city of Ephesus which we study today, was to be 
found a center of religious worship in Paul's day. Note 
that we did not say "a center of Christian worship." At 
least it was not such when Paul first made his appearance 
there. Diana, the heathen goddess, whose image was sup- 
posed by the people to have been dropped from heaven, 
was reverencd with a consuming fanaticism that made it 
dangerous to attempt to displace her with any other deity. 

Indeed, here was the center of a great gainful occupa- 
tion, the making of little silver images of this goddess. So 
gainful was this business that when Paul and his mis- 
sionary helpers came into the city to proclaim the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ, these silversmiths stirred up the peo- 
ple to resist the entrance of Christianity. 

It is always thus. Let the church try to do something 
that "steps on the toes" of those who have a gainful oc- 
cupation, regardless of how sinful it might be, and imme- 
diately these sinful men seek to stir up the community 
against them. 

But let us look at Paul's approach, the approach which 
made the church at Ephesus a center of Christian influ- 
ence. 

When Paul came to Ephesus he found "certain disciples" 
— those who were already under the power and influence of 
the dispersion of the Christians at the time of the ston- 
ing of Stephen and the persecution in which Paul himself 
had taken such a prominent part. That they did not know 
the full significance of it all is shown by the first five 
verses of Acts 19. Paul began his work by setting these 
disciples on the right track. They had had no knowledge 
of the entrance of the Holy Spirit into the believer. In 
fact, when questioned, they had said, "We have not so 
much as heard whether there be any Holy Spirit." 

Let us note that the question of Paul, following the 
above statement, is very enlightening. He asks them how 
they had been baptized. Their answer is "Unto John's 



PAGE FIFTEEN 

baptism" — a baptism which preceded the Great Commis- 
sion of Jesus. It was therefore, in Jesus' Name (by His 
authority) that Christian baptism was now administered 
by Paul — "in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Spirit." 

After all, the element that makes the church an influ- 
ence in any given co\mmunity is just how much the Spirit 
is permitted to dominate the work. It is not how much 
"noise" is made, but how much of the "work of the Lord" 
is accomplished under the Spirit's leading. 

It was because the Ephesian church was dominated by 
this Spirit that it could become the very center of Chris- 
tian influence it became. Why not try it out in our 
churches ? 



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THE HEAVENLY REST 



"Sleep on beloved, sleep on and take thy rest: 

We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best." 

Scripture: Hebrews 4:1-11 

NINE TIMES in this passage is the Christian's heaven- 
ly rest mentioned. In the previous chapter (Heb. 
3:7-11) ,a solemn warning had been given. What befell the 
children of Israel in the wilderness journey is for our 
profit (1 Cor. 10:11). Their coming out of Egypt pictures 
the penitent sinner forsaking his old life; the Passover 
iamb, with the blood on the door, speaks of salvation; 
the crossing of the Red Sea bespeaks baptism (1 Cor. 10: 
1, 2); the wilderness pilgrimage reminds us of our own 
Christian experience; and Canaan speaks of Heaven. In 
their day many failed to enter Canaan, the symbol of 
Heaven (Heb. 3:18, 19). Let us make sure of salvation. 

The seventh day Sabbath of the law is a type of the 
Christian's eternal rest. But we do not get that rest by 
the legal ceremonial Sabbath which requires salvation by 
works and shows man's failure (Acts 15:10). Because of 
our weakness the Old Testament Sabbath commandment 
would never gain for us the desired rest. For this reason 
we are not to be judged by the ceremonial Sabbath (Col. 
2:14-19). The voluntary Lord's Day (Sunday) provides 
rest before work, a picture of salvation by grace. First, 
the free gift, and then the works of faith and love (Eph. 
2:8-10). 

Jesus promised rest (Matt. 11:28, 29). Only of the child 
of God can the silver plated label, "At rest," apply (Rev. 
14:13). That is the blessed state only of those who died 
in the Lord. St. Paul toiled long after that he would have 
rather gone to Heaven (Phil. 1:21, 23, 24). There was no 
sadness in Paul's "Good-by" (2 Tim. 4:6-8). The faithful 
Christian can look forward to the happy words of Jesus, 
"Well done" (Matt. 25:21). "If in this life only we have 
hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." 

Jesus sat down in Heaven because His sacrifice finished 
His saving work in our behalf (Heb. 10:12-14). We may 
safely rest in His finished work, but never can we find 
peace in our own good words (Heb. 4:10). 



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Lloid and Goldie Broadwater % 10.00 

A Friend 1,000.00 

S. I. Miller 5.00 

J. P. Spedden 2.00 

Mary 0. Cook 20.00 

Mrs. Ora Lee Sams 10.00 

May Kreitzer 5.00 

Goshen W. M. S 100.00 

Frank B. Yoder 10.00 

Maurertown Signal Lights 5.00 

Lanark Brethren Church 55.00 



North Liberty W. M. S. 

Curtains & Drapes for Wheeler Home and Girl's Dormitory 

Pennsylvania District W. M. S Washer for Wheeler Home 

Northeast Ohio District W. M. S.. .Washer and Drier for Girl's Dormitory 

National W. M. S Equipment for new bathroom in Girl's Dormitory 

Ashland (Jr. & Sr.) W. M. S.. .Extra bathroom stool for Girl's Dormitory 

(Girl's Dormitory in Lost Creek, Ky.) 



A FINE RESPONSE 



Last month we challenged the church and friends to pay for the heat- 
ing plant in the Wheeler Building at Lost Creek. The Thanksgiving Offer- 
ing (Home Missions) cannot care for the entire expense of this structure. 
This is the only new building in many years for Lost Creek missions. Do 
Not Delay — Your gift is needed NOW to pay for the heating system. 



unto the 



Lord 



Psalm 29:1. 




A NEW YEAR'S GIFT TO THE WHEELER HOME \ 
(HEATING PLANT) 

hi the first sixty days after its completion, how many\ 
Brethren will give a gift to the heating plant? j 

I am happy to make the following gift to the Heating Plant of the ! 
Wheeler Home through the Missionary Board. 

j 
Enclosed is my gift for $ j 

j 

Enclosed is my pledge for $ j 

j 

Name j 

I 

Address 

Name of Church 

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ike Open (Door 

I, your Lord, have placed before 
Every one an open door. 
Wilt thou enter with my word, 
Telling them of Christ, their Lord"? 

Tell of hope, of joy, of light, 
That in Christ they shall have life; 
And the peace with doth abide 
In their hearis whate'er betide. 

Will you go, the message give, 
That I died that they might live? 
That I shed my blood for all, 
Every nation, great or small? 

Will you tell them of my love, 
How I came from heaven above, 
Suffered, bled, was crucified, 
That men might be sanctified? 

I have opened wide the door; 
None can close it. Go, therefore, 
With the message of his love, 
Brought by Christ from heaven above." 

— Mrs. Minnie Bright, Union, Ohio. 



Vol LXXII, No. 8 February 25, 1950 



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Items of general Interest 



Washington, D. C. From recent bulletins from our Wash- 
ington church we quote the following: "Your pastor 
(Brother C. S. Fairbanks) took one look around over the 
congregation last Sunday and felt extra proud. There were 
hardly any vacant seats and that with many of the chil- 
dren sitting around tables in the back of the church. Then 
too, we feel extra good about the building fund offering 
of $1,166.17. This is about the largest bulding fund offer- 
ing that we have ever had in one day. There was cause for 
some extra optimism in the evening Christian Endeavor 
service to see many of our young people take part in such 
a fine service. There are now several people who are ready 
to be baptized. Have you noticed the fine work that the 
Junior and Adult choirs are doing under the leadership of 
Mrs. W. S. Porte? Church attendance and enthusiasm is 
growing. Many of you are bringing your friends with 
you to church. Let's keep up the good work!" 

Harrisonburg, Virginia. In renewing his mother's sub- 
scription to the Evangelist, Brother Charles Hall writes 
the following, "Mother (Mrs. J. H. Hall) has just two 
weeks ago returned to her home after nine weeks stay in 
the Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, where 
she underwent a severe operation. While there she cele- 
brated her 85th birthday on December 30th when she re- 
ceived over one hundred cards. Until her illness she in- 
sisted on doing her own housework and attended her gar- 
den and flowers personally." Sister Hall is well known over 
the southeastern district. 

Cumberland, Maryland. A note from Mrs. F. J. Beach- 
ley of the Cumberland church, under the date of February 
5th, says, "We had 62 and 75 in attendance the last two 



Sundays in Sunday School, although some left after the 
Sunday School hour." 

St. James, Maryland. A recent note from Brother Free- 
man Ankrum, who is now furnishing us with those most 
interesting articles on Brethren Church history, says, "We 
had a very good day here yesterday (February 12). Had 
six more in Sunday School than we have on the roll. There 
were forty more present than a year ago." 

The laymen still work. They are completing the connec- 
tion of the septic tank with the parsonage at the present 
time. They recently met for their monthly meeting, with 
their president, Isaac Litton, giving the address of the eve- 
ning upon a favorite hymn, "Nearer My God To Thee." 
Their March meeting will have the theme, "putting Chris- 
tianity Into Action," before them for discussion. They are 
to be the guests of the Boys Brotherhood at their meet- 
ing at the church on Monday night, February 27th. 

Uniontown, Pennsylvania Second. We note that prog- 
ress is being made in the work of the Uniontown church. 
At a recent business meeting it was decided to see whether 
the church could not put on a program over the local radio 
station, fifteen minutes each week. We note also that the 
pastor, Brother Ralph Mills spoke in the devotional hour 
over Radio station WNIQ the week of February 6th. 

Highland, Pennsylvania. Brother Ralph Mills, who is 
also pastor of the Highland Brethren Church, in a recent 
note to the editor says, "The work at Highland is going 
along very nicely. The men have begun to dig a basement." 

Vinco, Pennsylvania. We are informed by Brother W. 
B. Brant, Vinco pastor, that Dr. L. E. Lindower of Ash- 
land College is to be the special speaker for a Bible Con- 
ference in the Vinco church from March 22 to 26. 

A brand new Junior choir has been organized in the 
Vinco church and is to be of service, not alone to the church, 
but to the community as well. 

The Vinco church is indeed to be congratulated on what 
they have been pleased to call a "1950 Good Neighbor 
Policy." Names have been distributed to each family of 
the church with the request that they visit these "good 
neighbors" and do such things for them as will be bene- 
ficial to both the individual and the church. 

Berlin, Pennsylvania. Brother Percy Miller, pastor of 
the .Berlin church, says that he feels good about the at- 
tendance but that he could be made to feel better if it was 
larger. However, he says that the average attendance for 
January at the morning service was 148 and for the eve- 
ning 86. 

February 5th was set apart in the Berlin church as 
young people's day at which time the young people took 
the major part of the services both in Sunday School and 
in the church services with a special program at the eve- 
ning hour. 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanai. On February 5th Brother Al- 
vin Grumbling, pastor, reports that the Sunday School was 
in complete charge of the young people of the church. On 
the previous Friday night about 35 young people gathered 
for a fun night and they all report a good time. Other 
such meetings will be planned for the near future. 

In the "win-one-a-week" contest which was recently 
held the red team which lost the contest gave a party 
(Continued on Pag? 10) 



FEBRUARY 25, 1950 



PAGE THREE 




ARE YOU AN OPTIMIST? 

AN OPTIMIST is one who is able to see the sun shin- 
ing behind the clouds, with a realization of the fact 
that into every life more sunshine falls than does the rain. 
An optimist is able to see the light that shines at the end 
of a dark, dreary road. An optimist looks at the larger 
results and sees them in the making, in spite of seeming 
obstacles which, at the time, appear as insurmountable 
barriers. In other words, the optimist views the whole pic- 
ture in perspective and sees no reason to doubt or fear. 
We find the contrast clearly defined in the pessimist, for 
a pessimist cannot see the end because of the difficulties 
of the beginnings. He does not know the old saying, "Well 
begun is half done." He can see only the bumps and wash- 
outs in the road to progress. H.e sees the faults of every 
picture the artist paints; catches the only discordant note 
in the great symphony as the orchestra plays it; he sees 
only the grammatical errors in the message of the preacher. 
The difference between these two is aptly illustrated 
by a favorite verse, oft repeated by a judge in my old 
home town: 

" 'Twixt optimist and pessimist 
The difference is droll — 
The optimist sees the doughnut 
But the pessimist sees the hole." 
But there are ultra-pessimists, and there are ultra op- 
timists. 

The ultra-pessimist is .always looking for something 
dreadful to happen, that it surely is just about to happen. 
He is the "worrier type" of individual. While the ultra- 
optimist is always sure that if anything dreadful is going 
to happen it will all be for the best of everyone concerned, 
and that if it does happen, regardless of its nature, it won't 
really happen to him. 

In this "ultra" class we will find "optimistic sinners" 
and "pessimistic Christians." To the optimist sinner who 
says, "Well, maybe the other fellow didn't get away with 
it, but I will," the Lord very plainly says, "Be sure your 
sin will find you out." And to the pessimistic Christian 
who, like Elijah, fleeing from his persecutors, says, "I 
alone am left ..." the Lord says, "I have me se^en thou- 
sand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal." 

Now there is a happy medium to be found — a sort of 
"middle of the road" policy to follow. The genuine optimist 
— in which class I hope to remain — does not worry, for 
he has a great promise in the words of Paul, "Everything 
works for good to those that love the Lord, to those who 
are the called, according to His purpose." In this prom- 
ise the last four words are the important ones — "accord- 
ing to His purpose." But, on the other hand, he is con- 
cerned, (not merely pessimistic) about the future. He is 
able to see the hand of God in the affairs of men; yet he 
is not at all unconscious of the efforts put forth by the 
forces of evil to overthrow the work of God. Since this has 



been the constant conflict — the eternal warfare between 
God and the devil — the genuine optimist keeps his hand 
in the hand of God, walks in God's pathway, and puts his 
trust in the eternal verities of the Word. But, at the same 
time, he remembers the admonition of Paul to "Walk cir- 
cumspectly (that is, looking all around you) not as fools, 
but as wise ..." 

The optimist does not only "believe in God," he genu- 
inely "believes God." He has the same attitude as the 
man who, standing over the unconscious form of his luna- 
tic boy, hears Jesus say, "If thou canst believe, all things 
are possible to him that believeth," cries out and says, 
"with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.'' The 
optimist is not simply "sure of himself" — he is "sure of 
God," and he lives, and moves, and has his assurance in 
the saying, "With men it is impossible, but not with God: 
for with God all things are possible." 

Are you an optimist? 

Think it over! 

Office Gleanings 

By The Editor 

And Still They Come 

Our hearts are being made glad by the fine response 
that is coming from individuals and churches over the 
Brotherhood in the matter of the Publication Day Offer- 
ings. To the present time forty of the churches of the de- 
nomination have sent in their offerings. Several have sent 
in additional sums to supplement the initial checks. Espe- 
cially fine have been the offerings that have come from 
individual sources, those who are isolated from their home 
churches, but who keep in touch with the Brethren Church 
by means of The Evangelist. Below are the offerings as 
received since our last report, up to Friday, February 
17th. 

Mrs. E. A. Juillerat, Portland, Indiana $ 3.50 

Johnstown, Penna., Second Brethren Church 42.00 

Mrs. Clara Brim, N. Kansas City, Mo 2.00 

Tiosa, Indiana, Brethren Church 14.50 

Masontown, Penna., Brethren Church 19.00 

Fair Haven, Ohio, Brethren Church 30.69 

Flora, Indiana, Brethren Church (additional) .... 6.00 

Flora, Indiana, Brethren Church 49.75 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Hartman, Wakarusa, Ind. 

(South Bend 1st) 2.00 

Mulvane, Kansas, Brethren Church 8.50 

Mr. and Mrs. George Snell, W. Manchester, Ohio 

(W. Alexandria) 2.00 

Oakville, Indiana, Brethren Church 34.00 

A Friend 1-00 

Berlin, Penna., Brethren Church 137.01 

Louisville, Ohio, Brethren Church 55.50 

(Continued on page 11) 



PAGE FOUR 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Congregational Singing 

What Is It? Why Do We Do It? 



HAVE YOU EVER STOPPED to think about the pur- 
pose of congregational singing? Have you ever 
looked around the church to see how other people react 
to this particular p.art of our worship? 

Do you realize that in singing hymns and gospel songs 
during the various services of the church, you are partici- 
pating in an act of worship to God? When you don't sing, 
you aren't. 

It has been interesting to notice, recently, the habits of 
many of our church goers who allowed themselves to get 
into the habit of coming late to Sunday School or to church 
services. People who are never late for work or school 
will somehow or other, manage to be late to service any- 
where from one to fifteen minutes. Perhaps a definite pur- 
pose lies behind this tardiness. It may he that the indi- 
vidual doesn't enjoy music and consequently comes late 
purposely. Or, perhaps, being on a routine schedule all 
week, the individual enjoys one day when the regularity 
of the week may be broken. 

But there is one drawback to following out such a pro- 
cedure. The singing of hymns of praise to the Lord are 
definite acts of worship, and when someone is absent from 
this portion of the worship service, he is absent from this 
particular act of worship. And, just as entering the sanc- 



tuary while the Scriptures are being read, or a prayer is 
being offered — so entering during the singing of a hymn 
will interrupt the worship of those who are singing their 
praises to God. 

Too often we find people using the opening hymns of a 
service as "call bells" to call them to worship. And, too 
often, also we find people who use the last hymn as a 
signal to hurry and pull on their gloves and coats, and to 
adjust their hats and scarfs, in order that they may make 
a mad dash toward the door the minute the final word of 
the benediction is said. 

Somehow, it hardly seems that God can feel honored in 
worship of this sort. Each hymn has a message in it and 
that message cannot be known if we are figuring out the 
quickest possible means of exit when we should be sing- 
ing. It doesn't seem very probable that our worship is as- 
cending unto the throne of God if we ar.e thinking over 
what we will say to some individual to whom we plan to 
speak as soon as the service is ended. 

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve 
the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with 
singing . . . Enter into His courts with praise." 

Rev. John T. .Byler in The Louisville, Ohio, 

"Pastor's Helper." 



Laying lip Keal incisures 



by Mrs. Doris Josephine Harrell 



Florence Preston Mainwareing was a lonely woman. 
Though she possessed a comfortable fortune, and had in 
by gone years moved into what was termed the upper state 
of society, she, now at the age of sixty, realized that she 
had few real friends. 

Mrs. Mainwareing had been irritable all morning. For 
one thing, she disposed of solicitors from the church who 
were begging for foreign missions again. To her it seemed 
they were always making an appeal for some hair-brained 
idea. "Why not let the heathen alone?" she argued to her- 
self. "They are happy and contented with their lot, so 
why all this hue and cry every year?" 

At last, however, she agreed to give one hundred dollars 
for she feared that tongues would wag if she gave less. 

The solicitors sighed with relief as they made their way 
across the spacious hall and out to their waiting car. 

"One hundred dollars indeed, when she should have given 
five hundred," said the elder solicitor. 

"But," the younger one replied, "you should be thank- 
ful we won't have to call on her for another year." 

Through the opened windows Mrs. Mainwareing looked 
with pride at the beauty of her garden. It was surrounded 



by an ornamental hedge which was high enough to screen 
the beautiful grounds from passersby. Likewise she sought 
to hedge herself from those she did not wish to see by hav- 
ing Nora, her maid, merely announce that " Mrs. Main- 
wareing is not at home." 

Mrs. Mainwareing sighed to herself, "Having my own 
way, and with all this beauty for myself, why can't I be 
happy and contented?" 

Driven by restlessness she laid aside her embroidery 
and stepped through the French doors into the warm spring 
sunshine. As she wandered aimlessly she heard a singing 
voice. The voice, though untrained, was so full of the joy 
of living that she was eager to see the singer. Advancing 
in the diretcion of the voice, she distinguished that it came 
from the servants' quarters. Quietly she entered the house 
by way of the servants' door. There she was stopped in 
astonishment. The singer was Hannah Marker, a woman 
of her own age — though not so well preserved, engaged in 
laundering clothes. 

"Now what can she have to be singing about?" thought 
Mrs. Mainwareing as she heard Hannah sing "Where the 
Gates Swing Outward Never." "She actually looks as if she 
might yearn to be there!" 



FEBRUARY 25, 1950 



PAGE FIVE 



Hannah continued, lost in her song, until Mrs. Main- 
wareing approached, "How can you be singing'? A woman 
of your age should be taking life easy instead of working 
like this. What will you do when you are no longer able 
to work?" 

"The Lord will take care of me," replied Hannah. "Don't 
you remember He has said, 'Take no thought for your 
life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body what ye shall 
put on. The life is more than meat and the body more than 
raiment. Consider the lilies of the field how they grow, 
they toil not neither do they spin, yet I say unto you that 
Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of 
these. If God so clothed the grass which today is in the 
field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more 
will He clothe you, O ye of little faith! For where your 
treasure is there will your heart be also.' 

"I have the love of God in my heart," continued Han- 
nah, "and my treasures are in Heaven rather than on 
earth where, I am sorry to say, yours seem to be. That is 
why I am happy and you are not. Remember, our Lord 
said, 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God and these things 
shall be added unto you.' " 

Perturbed at her own candid speaking, Hannah stopped 
suddenly. Now conscious, that she was addressing the wom- 
an who supplied her only means of livelihood, she sought 
to apologize, "I beg your pardon, Mrs. Mainwareing — I 
did not mean to be impertinent." 

"You have spoken truly, Hannah. It has been so long 
since anyone dared speak the truth about me in my pres- 
ence that I honor you for doing so. I suppose you even con- 
tribute to foreign missions." 

"Indeed I do," said Hannah. "Our church believes that 
only as we give to missions do we grow at home. It is not 
what we receive but what we give that promotes the 
growth. I once saw a picture of natives running with out- 
stretched hands after missionaries, begging for the gospel. 
The missionaries, are giving their very life's blood to carry 
on the work of the Lord because He said, 'Go ye into all 
the world and preach, the gospel, baptizing them into the 
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I 
have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always even 
unto the end of the world.' Not all of us are called to be 
missionaries, but we are all called to support those who 
are, with our money and our prayers." 

Later in the day Mrs. Mainwareing sought by reading 
in the privacy of her own room to dispel her sense of dis- 
quietude which had possessed her since morning. Gradu- 
ally her book slipped from her hands as sleep embraced 
her. She dreamed of standing before Heaven's gate. There 
she was required to remove several bags of gold that 
blocked her entrance. But as fast as she removed one bag, 
another took its place. 

After a time a Voice said, "Make way for another pil- 
grim." 

Turning, she saw Hannah Marker standing beside her. 
Hannah passed over the threshold without one look at the 
bags of gold. Frantically Mrs. Mainwareing resumed her 
futile labor. Finally, as she dropped in exhaustion, she 
heard a voice say, "Gold has always been your god. You 
know no other. Therefore you can never enter here. Your 
treasures are outside the Gate." 



Just then she was awakened by her maid who, hearing 
her cries, came to see what was happening. 

"Oh Nora, Nora," she cried. "How happy I am that it is 
not yet too late. Please call Rev. Crane and Mr. Barron, 
my attorney, and say that I wish to see them at once." 

With puzzled speculation the men arrived, and awaited 
her wishes. 

"Rev. Crane," she said, "I wish to recall the pledge of 
one hundred dollars which I made for foreign missions. I 
wish to replace that pledge with one of five hundred dol- 
lars. I have sent for you and Mr. Barron because I wish 
to make a new will." 

I, Florence Preston Mainwareing, being of sound mind, 
on this the twenty-eighth day of May, 1936, do declare this 
to be my last will and testament. 

For Hannah Marker, from this day on, I establish an 
income of one thousand dollars a year to care for her as 
long as she shall live. 

The balance of my fortune I bequeathe to The Mission 
Board of the Redeemer's Church to be used as they deem 
fitting. 

I also pledge the remainder of my life to laying up 
treasures in Heaven. 

Signed: Florence Preston Mainwareing 
Witnessed by — Rev. J. W. Crane 

J. Arnold Barron, Att'y at Law. 

"Strange," murmured the attorney, as he fixed his sig- 
nature. But the Reverend Crane said, "Amen!" 



It is no good to say to some people, "Believe, believe." 
People need somebody's fingers to unravel the knots, to 
untie and straighten things out; and who is to do it? 
Those whose whole life has been cursed from their very 
birth, they are handicapped in their very blood, and who 
is to deliver them? Can anybody do it? Is there no God 
who can do it? Listen, the fingers that weave the rainbow 
into a scarf and wrapped it around the shoulders of the 
dying storm, the fingers that painted the lily-bell and 
threw out the planets, the fingers that were dipped in 
the mighty sea of eternity and shook out on this old planet, 
making the ocean to drop and the rivers to stream — the 
same fingers can take hold on these tangled lives and can 
make them whole again, for He came to make the crooked 
straight, and the rough places plain. Blessed be God, Je- 
sus can do for Matthew what nobody else can, and He can 
do for you, my brother, what your friends cannot do. He 
can take the desire for drink out of you; He can cure the 
love of gambling that is eating the soul out of you; He 
can put out the fires of lust that are burning in your be- 
ing and consuming you by inches; He can take the devil 
of lying out of you, the devil of cheating out of you, of 
fraud out of you, of hypocrisy out of you, Jesus can do 
what nobody else can; the preacher cannot, the Church 
cannot; but the Lord Jesus, wiho loves you, is mighty to 
save. — Gipsy Smith, in "Great Gospel Sermons" (Revell.) 



Unwillingness to remove the things that hinder growth 
stops the operation of the Spirit upon the soul. 



PAGE SIX 



THE BRETHREN EVANGEL! SI 



CPeeting One Challenge and 
throwing Out Another 

(A couple of weeks ago we mentioned in our "Items of 
General Interest" concerning the "Perfect Attendance at 
Sunday School" as reported by Brother Charles Johnson, 
pastor of our Stockton, California, Church. After making 
mention of this we said, "How about the other Sunday 
Schools over the brotherhood? Can you match that?" Now 
Brother Harold Parks of our Vinco, Penna., Brethren 
Church, comes along with the following. Note his chal- 
lenge at the close of his letter. — Editor) 

Conemaugh, Penna. 
Route 1, Box 297 
Dear "Ed": 

You invited the Brethren to beat the Sunday School 
perfect attendance reported by Brother Johnson. Two or 
three years is but "a drop in the bucket," compared to Vin- 
co's record. For example, I'll cite the record of our own 
family. I had eight perfect years before working Sundays 
broke it up. Mrs. Parks had eight years before our last 
arrival three years ago. Incidently, our three year old 
William Larry, has been going to Sunday School since he 
was two weeks old, not sure about the amount of Sundays 
for perfect attendance. 

(A note to those who let little things like new arrivals 
interfere with their church work). Mrs. Parks taught her 
class of ten girls, wtih the baby on her lap, when baby was 
too contrary to let one of the class hold him, from two weeks 
old until he was old enough for the beginners' class. Daugh- 
ter Roberta has, at the present time, thirteen years and 
going strong — she is fifteen years old. Son Harold, Jr., 
twenty years old, had fourteen years of perfect attend- 
ance, but after graduating from High School his job broke 
his attendance record. He could have been marked present 
because of work, but he refused on the grounds that it 
would be a "fluke" record. Under those conditions he prob- 
ably would have close to sixteen years. However, he only 
takes credit for the fourteen years (actual time spent in 
Sunday School). 

During this time we occasionally were obliged to wade 
through snow drifts over knee high; couldn't drive out of 
our lane because of drifts — 300 yards to the highway. One 
time during the pleasant pastorate of our dear Brother 
Gilmer, weather necessitated our wading deep drifts. Snow 
froze to Mrs. Parks' hose, sub-zero weather, and we had 
to wait for the bus. Mrs. Gilmer became alarmed upon our 
arrival at church and offered the parsonage for a change 
of hose and drying out. Although Mrs. Parks' legs appeared 
frozen and discolored, we used the best remedy known to 
man — Prayer, the best remedy for pneumonia. Literally 
she did not change; we liked this change better: Prayer 
changes things. There were no after affects. 

Perfect records are nice to achieve, but we have always 
educated our children along the line that it doesn't mean 
a thing insofar as one's salvation is concerned. Our rela- 
tionship with the Saviour is permanent. 

Now here's another challenge! It is sometimes hard to 
And a seat in our church. Brother W. B. Brant is sure 
packin' 'em in. Wonder if any of our other .Brethren 



Churches have any empty seats they are not using — we 
need them! 

In His Name, 

Harold E. Parks. 

(Incidently, Brother Johnson and Brother Parks, "Ye 
Editor" has only missed fifteen Sunday School sessions in 
forty years. Who can top that? We're not bragging, just 
thanking the Lord for the health that made this attend- 
ance possible.) 



Another of Those Berlin 
Christmas Parties 




The above picture shows the group that attended a 
Christmas party that was held in the basement of the 
Berlin, Pennsylvania, Brethren Church. 

The man in the front row, you will notice, is Brother 
Fred .Brant. He has held such a party for the Junior Choir 
and the Brethren Youth at Christmas time for the past 
several years. 

I do not need to say that it is a time that is enjoyed by 
all. A sumptuous meal was served; games were played, 
and many gifts were exchanged. Among these gifts was 
one given to our Organist, Miss Thelma Saylor (second 
from the right in the front row). Miss Saylor had been 
away from the organ for several months on account of 
sickness. Let me take this little space to say how much 
we appreciate having her back at the organ. We have two 
very fine choirs, which are only possible because of the 
fine work of our organist. May you, Miss Saylor, continue 
the good work. 

Among the features of the evening was the presenta- 
tion of "The Little Bible," a midget Bible which contains 
beautiful selections from each book of the Bible, to each 
one present by Fred W. Brant. Brother Brant truly loves 
the young people and endeavors to do all he can for them. 
It does help to create an interest among the young for 
Church work. Many thanks, Brother Brant, for your great 
help. 

Percy C. Miller, pastor. 



FEBRUARY 25, 1950 



PAGE SEVEN 



Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 



Ashland College is set for its second annual Religious 
Emphasis Week, beginning March 6th. Instituted by Dr. 
Clayton last year, the period is planned by the Religious 
Interests Committee of the college. Members of this group 
who have worked with the president are: Mr. Lindower, 
Mrs. Jordan, Mr. Rogers, Mrs. Andrews, Mr. Redditt, Mr. 
Guha, Mr. Boardman, Mr. Weidenhamer and Mr. Bame. 

The committee has secured Rev. Claude Garrison, Meth- 
odist pastor from Columbus, Ohio, to address the daily 
chapel services in the First Brethren Church. Mr. Garri- 
son is well known in Columbus and elsewhere, for his suc- 
cessful work with youth. 

Features of the week will be panel discussions in charge 
of Dana Hamel of Conemaugh, Pennsylvania, a student 
here. At each forum a group of prominent people from the 
city of Ashland will constitute the discussion group. On 
the first day Ronald Veal, head of the local Y. M. C. A. 
and Rev. Matthew Madden of the Park Congregational 
Church of Mansfield will lead the discussion. On Tuesday 
Don Cooper, Herbert Ganyard, Robert Ingmand, Charles 
Sharrock and .Benjamin Zercher, all of local industries, 
will discuss "Christian Opportunities in Business and In- 
dustry." 

The third panel on "Christian Opportunities in Govern- 
ment and Politics," will consist of Mildred Myers, local 
Probate Judge; Judge H. E. Culbertson, local Common 
Pleas Judge, and Harold Andrews, local lawyer and for- 
mer police judge. 

"Christian Opportunities in Personal Life," will be dis- 
cussed on Thursday by Rev. Paul Frees, local E. U. B. 
minister, Harry Dotson of the Ashland Auto Club, Rev. 
Vernon D. Grisso, pastor of the Smithville, Ohio, Breth- 
ren Church and Mrs. J. Gailard Hall, local PTA leader. 

On Friday Rev. Garrison will sum up the work of the 
week in his regular chapel talk. 

The Ashland College Basketball team is continuing its 
way to become one of the fine teams of the past ten years. 
Hiram, Defiance, Cedarville, Bluffton, Albion were de- 
feated, the first three, twice. As this is written, four more 
games are to be played. The season record to date is eight 
won and seven lost. The most of the regulars from this 
year's team will be back next year. Phil Lersch, presemi- 
nary freshman student of Ashland, is a member of the 
squad. 



Report of Gifts During 1949 
Direct to The Brethren Home 

The following report of the gifts sent to the Brethren's 
Home at Flora, Indiana, is sent by the Superintendent 
and Matron of the Home. They cover the year of 1949. 
W. M. S., Pittsburgh, Penna. — Sheets and bath towels. 



National W. M. S. — Sheets, pillowships and towels. 

Mrs. J. J. Wolfe, Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida — box of or- 
anges and grapefruit. 

First Brethren Church, Denver, Indiana — Mixmaster. 

Sisterhood Girls, Flora, Indiana — Valentine Box of Fruit. 

Harrie Funderburg, New Carlisle, Ohio — $10.00. 

W. M. S., Milford, Indiana— $5.00. 

Ladies of Elkhart, Indiana — Hair Drier. 

Elkhart .Brethren Church — Circulating Fan. 

W. M. S. Calvary Church, Pittstown, N. J. — Sheets and 
pillowslips. 

Flora, Indiana, Brethren Church — Two days of cleaning. 

Mrs. Leona Wallace, New Jersey — $2.00. 

Rev. J. E. Berkshire, Flora, Indiana — $5.00. 

W. M. S. and Pathfinders Class, Dayton Brethren Church 
— Two pictures as a memorial to D. P. Wenger. 

Mrs. L. E. Miller, Louisville, Ohio — Box of clothing. 

Win-A-Couple Class and Teacher Olaf Brown, Flora, In- 
diana, Church — Labor and implements putting out, tend- 
ing and harvesting corn and oats crops. 

Christmas Gifts 

Senior W. M. S., Ashland, Ohio— $10.00. 

W. M. S., Flora, Indiana — Basket of Fruit. 

Rev. Lester Myers, Chicago, 111. — Box of Cookies. 

W. M. S., Fox Chapel Manor, Pittsburgh, Pa.— $15.00. 

W. M. S., Burlington, Indiana— $10.00 for Christmas 

turkey. 
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Runs, Flora, Indiana — Basket of fruit. 
W. M. S., Elkhart, Indiana — A gift for each member in the 

Home. 
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jenkins — Angel Food Cake. 
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Jones — Date Cake. 
Denver, Indiana, Church — Box of Vegetables. 

We wish to thank every one for their gifts and help 
this past year. It has been appreciated by everyone at the 
Home. We would also like to thank every one who has 
helped to make our work more enjoyable during the past 
six years. We have made many wonderful friends — 
friends that we shall remember always. 

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Scott. 



Prayer. 

Anything, God, but hate; 

I have known it in my day, 

And the best it does is scar your soul 

And eat your heart away. » 

Man must know more than hate, 

As the years go rolling on; 

For the stars survive and the spring survives, 

Only man denies the dawn. 

God, if I had but one prayer 

Before the cloud wrapped end, 

I'm sick of hate and the waste it makes, 

Let me be my brother's friend. — Author Unknown. 

When we admit that alcoholism is chiefly mental rather 
than physical, we have in no way diminished its import- 
ance as an individual handicap and a social menace. — 
Walter R. Miles, Ph.D. 

"At the devil's booth are all things sold, 
Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold. 



page eight 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Brethren Church History 

Dy Kev. Freeman Ankruni 
THE MANOR MARYLAND, DUNKER CHURCH 




ONE HUNDRED AND TWELVE YEARS AGO there 
were much activity in the Spring of 1838, as the 
Brethren made preparations for the holding of their An- 
nual Meeting June 1st and 2nd in Washington County, 
Maryland. A new church building was ready for the influx 
of the faithful from Virginia, Pennsylvania and the various 
states where the people had located. No doubt there were 
many memories of the Annual Meeting held just twelve 
years previous in 182G in Washington County, six miles 
West of Hagerstown, at the farm home of Daniel Reichard. 

The Manor church is located six miles south of Hagers- 
town and one mile east of the village of Tilghmanton 
(Post Office, Fairplay) on the Sharpsburg Pike; and in 
sight of South Mountain a few miles to the east. Its build- 
ers built well and for untold years to come. The original 
structure was 40 by 60 feet, with a basement. The church 
house was erected on a limestone dotted knoll in a grove 
of beautiful hardwood trees. Seventy years ago it was de- 
cided that the building was too small and twenty-five feet 
were added to the north end and the ceiling lowered five 
feet. Thus the building stands today approximately 85 by 
40 feet, consructed from native limestone with walls two 
feet thick. The seating capacity is five hundred people. A 
loft was finished over the entire structure which was used 
each time the Love Feasts were held in bygone days. The 
Feasts usually lasted several days with their preparatory 
services. 

For the Annual Meeting of 1838 people came by car- 
riage, horseback and on foot from Maryland and nearby 
states. The Stages were no doubt met in Hagerstown for 
those who came from a great distance. Every means was 
taken to care for all who came. 

These times were looked forward to as not only a means 
of strengthening the Spiritual, but of social advantages, 
the renewing of old friendships and the making of new. 
Many a young couple who had previously traveled life's 
pathways separately, soon after that time walked the road 
together as man and wife. 

There were thirteen queries brought before this meeting 
which are of interest in that they show the thought as 
well as the changing attitude of the church in the matter 



of making adjustments to new problems and circum- 
stances. Just three will be mentioned in this article. 

Query Number two was, "Whether it is considered prop- 
er to hold singing schools in our meeting houses?" 

Answer: "Chiefly considered, that meeting houses are 
no proper place for holding singing-schools therein." 

Query Number three: "whether it is proper for a mem- 
bers to build distilleries or to distill ardent spirits ? 

Answer: "Considered as it has been considered these 
many years, that it ought not to be." 

Query Number ten: "Whether it be right for members 
to take part in Sunday-schools, class-meetings, and the 
like." 

Answer: "Considered most advisable to take no part in 
such things." 

It was decided to hold the next Annual Meeting, "on 
Pentecost 1839 at Aughwick, Huntingdon County, Penn- 
sylvania." The Elders present who signed the minutes were, 
Daniel Gerber, David Pfotz, George Hoke, John Gerber, 
Jacob Holsinger, David Engler, Sr., Abraham Yandt, John 
Funk, John Brower, Christ Long, John Price, John Royer, 
Lorenze Etter, John Farney and John Beeghly,. 

Nineteen years later on May 31st in 1857 the second 
Annual Meeting was held at the Manor church. The at- 
tendance was so large for this meeting that to afford an 
opportunity for all to hear the gospel preached, there was 
preaching at three different places. At two of those places 
the preaching was in the English language, and at the 
other place in the English and German. Western Mary- 
land had a large German population. In 1860 there were 
43,884 Maryland residents born in Germany. Hagerstown 
itself was founded by Jonathan Hager, born in West- 
phalia, Germany in 1719 coming to this country in 1735, 
laying out the town given his name in 1762. However it 
was called Elizabethtown in honor of his wife until 1804. 

There were thirty-six queries at this annual Meeting held 
in 1857. Four only shall be considered in this article. They 
are called in the minutes of the meeting, "Articles." 

Article number eleven shows perhaps a change of thought 
since the former Meeting held in 1838 in the query, "How 
is it considered for brethren Sabbath schools, conducted by 
the brethren." 

Answer: "Inasmuch as we are commanded to bring up 
our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, 
we know of no scripture which condemns Sabbath schools, 
if conducted in gospel order, and if they are made the 
means of teaching scholars a knowledge of the scriptures." 

There is a possibility that the change from the German 
language to the English may have been conducive to a 
change of mind relative to Sabbath schools. The minutes of 
1827 were recorded in German, but there was a forced 
change to the English in order to hold the young people, 
who in their contacts readily picked up the English to the 
neglect of the German. 

Article number 15: "Is it really considered a sin, ac- 
cording to the Gospel for members of the church to have 
their likenesses taken?" 

Answer: "Members of the church should not have their 
likenesses taken." 

Article 19: "What are the views of the present Annual 
Council in regard to the contemplated school, that was 



FEBRUARY 25, 1950 



PAGE NINE 



alluded to, some times since in the 'Gospel Visitor?'" 

Answer: "It is conforming to the world. The Apostle 
Paul says: 'Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.' " 

Article 35: "A request for a committee to visit the Ash- 
land Church, Ashland County, Ohio." 

Answer: "The request was granted and the following 
brethren were appointed : J. P. lEversole, Joseph Showalter, 
Henry Davy, Christian Wise and David Fackler." 

There was a query regarding Slavery which was the 
burning issue of the day and uppermost in the minds of 
many at the Meeting. Naturally the Meeting was opposed 
to human slavery. 

The clerk of the meeting was Elder D. P. Sayler and 
the assistant Clerk, James Quinter. 

For many years previous to the erecting of the present 
Manor building, services were conducted in the vicinity by 
Elder David Long among a group of settlers, as early as 
1790. Later the services were held in a log school house 
until the building of the present edifice. The church con- 
tinued to grow until in the year 1880 it had a member- 
ship of nearly four hundred and was the strongest church 
in middle Maryland for many years. 

Official records of the church were not kept in written 
form until after the Civil War, therefore much has been 
lost of the early activities of the church. 

There were colored women members of the church. They 
had their places in the end of the church building from 
which the basement was entered from the main auditor- 
ium. At times of the Love Feasts some of the white Dea- 
conesses sat by their side. A section of the cemetery across 
the road from the church was reserved for them in which 
may be found some of their graves. 

The church Cemetery covers more than three acres and 
is well filled. Among the earliest graves in the Cemetery 
is the grave of Susannah, the wife of David Wolf, who 
died at the age of 41 years, 7 months and 1 day, on De- 
cember 16, 1839. 

The Annual Meetings were noted for their large attend- 
ances. The one held in Hagerstown in the year 1891 was 
attended on some days by as many as 20,000 people. When 
the Executive Committee completed their work they had a 
surplus of $6,000.00 which they turned over to the mis- 
sionary work of the church. 

The Manor church is rich in many events and memories. 
The Love Feasts were times when people came from the 
various nearby states for edification, Spiritually and So- 
cially. The loft of the building was used for a place of 
sleeping and many beds of straw were placed there. When 
Elder Wolf was living he cared for as many as 25 peo- 
ple and their means of travel, at his nearby home. Not only 
members but hundreds of others came for the services. 
In fact the ground around the church assumed the ap- 
pearance of a Fair when tables were places under the trees 
with numerous articles for sale to the public, such as 
cakes, pies, tobacco and the various things deemed neces- 
sary for the inner man. Young bloods came from their 
various homes and at times battled among one another. 
In fact at one time, one in order to save himself from be- 
ing vanquished, dashed into the church for protection, for 
a time disrupting the service. 

The structure stands today by the side of the road like 



a gray coated Friar, blending its aged and weathered 
limestone walls with the like rock of the landscape. Un- 
fortunately there came troubles from 1875 to 1890 among 
the leaders which injured the church. Like most troubles, 
they should never have been. Yet those who were in dis- 
agreement sleep in peace in the city of the dead but the 
results to a certain extent remain in a weakened church. 

Regular services are still being held in the church with 
the work in charge of Rev. J. Rowland Reichard, a de- 
secendant of one of the early Fathers of the church. He 
was elected to the Ministry September 9, 1916 and elected 
to the Eldership March 28, 1925 from which time he has 
had complete charge of the work until the present. 

St. James, Maryland. 
February 10, 1950. 



Thanks to Brethren young people all over the denomina- 
tion we now have in pledges and cash a total of $784.91. 
By Conference we will have reached our goal of $999.99. 

What is AMOR? Well it's this way— AMOR in Spanish 
means love, so Brethren Youth voted at Conference to call 
our NATIONAL BRETHREN YOUTH PROJECT BY 
THE NAME OF AMOR. Our goal was set at $999.99 
marked down from $1,000.00. 

What is it for — Amor? Well it's this way — because we 
have AMOR for our South American Brethren, the young 
people decided to help them start a Brethren Bible Train- 
ing School. It is the desire of the leaders down there to 
begin the school soon. We want to help in the work, so-o-o 
we are giving our money. 

. WE WANT EVERY YOUTH ORGANIZATION IN 
THE DENOMINATION TO SPONSOR THE PROJECT 
AT SOME TIME BEFORE CONFERENCE. BY SO DO- 
ING WE WILL BE WORKING TOGETHER ON A COM- 
MON PROJECT. WHETHER YOU HAVE A DOLLAR 
OR ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS FROM YOUR GROUP 
SUPPORT AMOR. 

BROTHERHOOD BUS 

Not only are the young people of the denomination help- 
ing South America, they are also planning to buy a bus 
for Michigan. The National Boys' Brotherhood is sponsor- 
ing a project to buy a used bus for the work in Matteson, 
Michigan', which is under the leadership of Mr. Fred Pip- 
pen. 

A bus is badly needed there for transportation is a vital 
problem in caring for the work of the church. If your 
Brotherhood hasn't given anything to the project yet plan 
to do so soon. 

Send all money to: Rev. Joseph Shultz 326 Samaritan 
Ave., Ashland, Ohio. 

BRETHREN YOUTH— ON THE MARCH FOR CHRIST. 
BACK THE YOUTH IN YOUR CHURCH. 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Items of General Interest 

(Continued from Paee 2 

for the blue team the winners. The date was February 
17th. 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Second. Brother N. V. Leath- 
erman reports that their Teacher's Training Class has got- 
ten off to a good start with an enrollment of nine. Six 
nights will be used for this work. 

The Christian Endeavor Society conducted the evening 
service on January 29th. 

Brother Leatherman has begun a "young church mem- 
ber's class." His desire is to teach the Intermediates and 
Juniors what it means to be a good church member and 
how to become one. The class is held each Sunday night 
as a part of the Christian Endeavor work. 

Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. Brother W. S. Benshoff sends 
us a copy of a brand new Sunday School Class Publica- 
tion, the work of the "Win-a-couple" class of the Meyers- 
dale Sunday School. It is called "The Couple-Ette" and is, 
as the masthead says, "Published ,as often as we feel like 
it." This first issue comes under the date of February 9th. 
It is full of news of the class and things to make them 
think. Sunday School classes, take note. 

The above class has taken on the project of painting the 
basement floor .and the official board is furnishing the 
paint and the class is doing the work, 

Meyersdale seems to be having trouble getting their car- 
pet in but we hope by this writing that it is on the floor 
and they are enjoying it. 

The Meyersdale Sunday School has started a contest in 
which the winner will have his or her camp fee paid in 
full, with the second highest having half the fee paid. 
This makes the going to camp more than merely the gift 
of the church. 

West Alexandria, Ohio. We must apologize to the West 
Alexandria church and her pastor, Rev. Garland, for hav- 
ing given the wrong dates for their Evangelistic meeting 
which just recently closed. We are looking forward to a 
report of the meeting which was 'held during the middle 
of February with Brother Floyd Sibert of Pleasant Hill, 
Ohio, as the evangelist. 

The laymen and the ladies of the W. M. S. and the 
Everfaithful Sunday School Class recently held their meet- 
ing jointly in the church. This makes for a better attend- 
ance all around. 

Brother Garland reports the mid-week service attendance 
as being around 30 each week. 

On February 1st the young people of the West Alexan- 
dria church enjoyed a skating party at the Eaton, Ohio, 
skating rink. A good time was reported. 

Canton, Ohio. Brother Edwin .Boardman of Ashland who 
is ministering to the Canton brethren until such time as 
they can obtain .a resident pastor, has come out with the 
first of his series of bulletins and announces officially the 
change of the name of the Canton church to the "Trinity 
Brethren Church of Canton, Ohio." 

The Jr. W. M. S. recently held a guest meeting at the 
church. A shower of linens, etc., for the Brethren Home 
was given at that time. 

On Friday evening January 20th the Canton choir held 
an informal get-to-gether at which time Joe Watkins 
showed pictures of their western trip. 



Gratis, Ohio. The ladies of the Gratis church served 60 
at the Miami Valley Laymen's Rally recently. The guest 
speaker was Superintendent of Schools Robert Lucas of 
Gratis who based his message on the sentence, "He took 
it upon himself to do something about the matter." 

Dayton, Ohio. We learn from Brother Whetstone's Day- 
ton bulletin that Brother Charles Munson was the guest 
speaker at the Father and Son banquet which was held on 
Friday evening, February 17th. Brother Munson also spoke 
at the morning hour on Sunday, February 19th. The new 
Junior choir also was heard at that morning service. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. Brother Floyd Sibert writes the 
editor that they are planning to have several pictures of 
their new church taken, both inside and out, and will have 
them in our hands in a short time, together with a write- 
up of what has been accomplished in the past several 
months. He says, "Our laymen are putting the finishing 
touches on the kitchen. The artist is to paint the scene for 
our baptistry. Our first baptism in the new baptistry will 
be held soon and will include the wife of the contractor 
who did our brick work. Three came to the altar on Jan- 
uary 29th — the contractor, his wife and another young 
mother. We have several others awaiting baptism. Our 
attendance last Sunday was 207." 

Louisville, Ohio. Brother John T. Byler, pastor, in a note 
to the editor, says, "We had four confessions in our Jun- 
ior church this morning (Feb. 12th)." 

There were 37 in attendance at the midweek service for 
a new high on February 2nd. On Friday evening February 
17th the Sr. S. M. M. acted as hostess society to the Louis- 
ville, Junior Society, the Smithville Society and the Can- 
ton Society in a missionary book review. Mrs. Vernon 
Grisso, of Smithville, gave the review. Refreshments were 
served. 

On February 26th the Jr. S. M. M. will hold its public 
service; W. M. S. public service March 12th; C. Y. F. pub- 
lic service and Laymen's public service March 19th. Broth- 
er Byler will be conducting a revival service in our Akron 
Firestone church March 6th to 19th. 

Peru, Indiana. Brother J. M. Bowman, pastor, reports a 
brand new Junior church organized on Sunday February 
5th. A beautiful worship center for the children has been 
established in the basement which was formally dedicated 
on Tuesday evening, January 31st. A carry-in supper was 
held; a program given and enjoyed by the 82 that were 
present for that meeting. 

Oakville, Indiana. We learn that the Oakville choir has 
recently been reorganized and is preparing now for their 
Easter music. 

Also that the mid-week service is again in operation, 
under the deacons of the church. This service has not been 
held since the removal of the pastor, Brother Bates, from 
the field. 

Warsaw, Indiana. The Warsaw and Dutchtown W. M. S. 
held a joint meeting in the Warsaw church on Wednesday 
night February 8th when the book, "Japan Begins Again," 
was reviewed. 

The Youth Fellowship which meets at 5:30 each Sunday 
evening and has supper together is a growing institution. 
They started with 18 on February 5th. Watch them grow. 

On Friday, February 3rd, Mrs. E. J. Beekley was the 
guest speaker for the Warsaw United Council of Church 
Women at which time she reviewed, "Missions At the 
Grassroots." 



FEBRUARY 25, 1950 



PAGE ELEVEN 



Office Gleanings 

(Continued from page 3) 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park Brethren Church .... 25.25 

Vinco, Penna., .Brethren Church 165.65 

Bryan, Ohio, Brethren Church 200.00 

West Alexandria, Ohio, Brethren Church 13.60 

Mt. Pleasant, Penna., Brethren Church 5.50 

Carleton, Nebraska, Brethren Church 11.74 

Oak Hill, W. Va., Brethren Church 55.00 

Meyersdale, Penna., Brethren Church 97.50 

Anna Bird Walker, Meyersdale, Pa. (Meyersdale) . . 5.00 

Warsaw, Indiana, Brethren Church 58.50 

Valley, Penna., Brethren Church (Jones Mills) . . 2.50 

Burlington, Indiana, Brethren Church 71.07 

Quiet Dell, Pa., Brethren Church 8.50 

Fair Haven, Ohio, Brethren Church (additional) . . 5.00 

Sybil S. James, Arlington, Va 3.50 

Masontown, Penna., Brethren Church (additional) 5.00 

Terra Alta, W. Va., Cooperative Brethren Church. . 13.22 
Iva Welch Everhart, Terra Alta, W. Va., 

(Terra Alta) 10.00 

Milledgeville, Illinois, Brethren Church 114.00 

Dr. W. S. Bell, Milledgeville, 111 (Milledgeville).. 50.00 

Stockton, Calif., Brethren Church 12.00 

North Georgetown, Ohio, Brethren Church 21.03 

Falls City, Nebraska, Brethren Church 50.71 

Mrs. Elbert C. Smith, Springfield, Ohio (Ashland) . . 2.50 

Gatewood, W. Va., Brethren Church 5.00 

New Lebanon, Ohio, Brethren Church 127.10 

Louisville, Ohio, Brethren Church (additional) ... 10.00 

Berlin, Penna., Brethren Church (additional) .... 5.50 

Fairview, (Washington C. H.) O, Brethren Church 15.00 

Mt. Olivet, Brethren Church, Georgetown, Delaware 14.00 

Calvary Brethren Church, Pittstown, N. J 10.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin C. Hackett, Hampton, 

N. J. (Calvary) 4.00 

H.agerstown, Maryland, Brethren Church 254.50 

Raystown, Penna., Brethren Church 6.00 

Evangelist Subscriptions 

The month of January and February are the months 
that bring us the 100% Evangelist Lists. This, of course, 
causes a great deal of checking and re-checking of these 
lists to be sure that the proper changes are made, names 
of deceased members and those removed from these lists, 
and the new subscriptions are shown to coincide with the 
lists sent in. Since these 100% lists cover over one-third 
of our subscriptions, you can readily see that it takes 
time to make all changes. We are endeavoring to do this 
as quickly as possible. We wonder if you will not have 
patience with us as we seek to) get all these in order in a 
limited time. However, if there are errors (which are li- 
able to creep in at any time) we will be glad to hear from 
you. If you are not receiving your paper, let us know; 
we have no other way of checking save when you drop 
us a card, taking it for granted that if we receive no com- 
plaint, that you are receiving your Evangelist regularly. 

We would appreciate it if, when corresponding with us 
regarding the Evangelist, you would tell us to what church 
you belong. This : helps us greatly to trace down the error, 
especially if you are one of the subscribers on the 100% 
list, or an isolated member of that 100% church. How- 



ever, in any case, if writing concerning error, or in enter- 
ing your subscription, either renewal or new, give us the 
name of the church where your membership is carried. 

Just as soon as all the checking is completed, we will 
again publish the list of 100% churches. Several of the 
regular 100% lists have not yet been received. 

We are especially glad for the large number of "NEW" 
subscriptions that keep coming, and for the many fine 
comments on the value of the Evangelist that come to the 
Editor's desk. They help over the rough places. 







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GARBER MEMORIAL BRETHREN CHURCH 

This report is directed to those of you who are unfamil- 
iar with the work which the Garber Memorial Brethren 
Church at Ashland is doing. The Park Street Church is 
sponsoring this work. 

On last October the church accepted the resignation of 
Brother William Fells. The people of the church were 
sorry to see him go, but Brother Kenneth Solomon is also 
well liked, and has been doing an equally fine job of 
preaching. This preaching, and the visitation program 
which has been carried out, has borne fruit. The church 
has proved itself; it has been pushing down roots, and now 
it is going forward. The visible evidence of this is seen 
in the good will manifested in the community, and in the 
increased attendance at the regular church services. The 
average church attendance of last quarter was 35, an in- 
crease of 14 over the same quarter a year ago. Since the 
church is small, more room is needed to adequately care 
for the Sunday Schooi classes, and the increasing attend- 
ance. 

Robert Hoffman has been our very able Sunday School 
Superintendent, and Harry McArthur, assistant, but both 
resigned in January. At a recent election Horace Huse 
was named Sunday School Superintendent, and David 
Rambsel, assistant. Robert Hoffman is now the Pastor of 
the North Georgetown, Ohio, church. 

Besides the regular Sunday School and Church services 
on Sunday morning, Saturday Night Youth Meetings are 
conducted twice each month. A Sisterhood Society has 
been organized, and the girls will meet once each month. 
The people are urged to attend the Park Street Church 
on Sunday night, and also the Bible Study and Prayer 
Meeting on Wednesday night. Transportation is furnished 
all those desiring to attend these services. 

January 8 marked the opening of a two week series of 
Evangelistic meetings. These were hacked by the Men's 



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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

copyrighted by the International Society of Christian Endeavor. 
Used by permission." 



Topic for March 12, 195ft 

SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS TODAY 

Scripture: John 14:12-14; Acts 13:2, 3; 46-49 

For The Leader 

BY "GOOD NEWS," of course, we mean the story of 
salvation through Jesus Christ. It is the story of Christ, 
the story of the Bible. It portrays the way that men need 
to get in the right relationship with God. We who have 
this gospel message are responsible to God to see that it 
is carried to others today. Theoretically, if all Christians 
would have carried out the command of Jesus, and accepted 
His promise of help, the world would have been completely 
evangelized long before now. Thus, finding ourselves in 
a world which is predominately heathen and pagan, we 
may well ask why. The answer is found our subject to- 
night. Perhaps we young people, with a determined dedi- 
cation to the task, can do what many past generations 
have been unable, or unwilling, to do. What do you think? 

DISCUSSION 

1. THE FAILURE OF PAST GENERATIONS. 1900 
years of Christian effort can be summed up in one short 
thought — "If each Christian would win just one new con- 
vert in a year, the number of Christians would double in 
one year. Keep that up for several years, and the world 
would know Christ." The sad, sad story is that Christians 
have not been willing to win even one. The average con- 
gregation will pay their preacher around $2,000.00 a year 
and expect him to get several dozen new members, when 
they themselves will not do their part in winning even one. 
If you, as a member, cannot speak to one and win one in 
a year, how in the world do you expect the preacher to 
win his .apportionment? He's human, too. Never forget 
the fact that the church that is winning new members 
is getting them because the people are out speaking, pray- 
ing and leading. 

2. THE OPPOSITION OF PAST GENERATIONS. We 
have already mentioned the failure of Christians through 
the years. Now let's think about the opposition. Not 
everyone who hears the gospel message will accept Christ. 
Paul's opposition from the devil's servants was great. So 
has it been since. Even today, the gospel message is very 
unpopular. At times, the the oppostiion becomes so great 
that the world is plunged into a period of deep spiritual 
darkness. We are in such a period today. Anyone who goes 
out to proclaim the saving gospel of Jesus Christ can soon 
find this out to be true. Only with the greatest of faith 
can "soul winners" keep going today. So, where we will 
win five, we lose three. Net gain is two. Unfaithfulness, 
deception, sinfulness, and spiritual coldness results in poor 
effort for spreading the good news. But we dare not be 
flooded over with such a deluge. We must take Christ at 
His promises and go forward day after day. 



3. GLEANING DAYS ARE HERE. After the great har- 
vests, the gleaners were put into the fields to "handpick" 
the stalks of grain. We are literally living in that day 
right now. The mass revivals are only in the history 
books. (Do not confuse great attendances at so called re- 
ligion meetings as evidence of mass revivals.) Only as 
you and others will devote time to personal work, will we 
be able to get new ones for Christ. Your problems are 
many. Religious feelings are taboo in many youth circles. 
You can get along in most youth groups and "sets" or 
circles in High School as long as you do what the gang 
does, and as long as religious belief does not enter in. So, 
if you get one young person to accept Christ, he's going 
to run against a problem of his friends and club activi- 
ties. However, if a young person is truly won to Christ, 
his friends and clubs won't bother him. 

4. WHAT THE MESSAGE CONTAINS. Well, what do 
you say to an individual when you try to tell him the 
"good news?" Do you ask him to start coming to church 
and get baptized, and then play on your ball team or at- 
tend your Sunday School class parties ? If that's the case, 
then this message isn't for you. The "good news" is Christ's 
way to eternal life. "All have sinned and come short of 
the glory of God." "The wages of sin is death (eternal 
death)." "Without the shedding of blood — no remission of 
sins." "Christ died for all." Believe on the Lord Jesus 
Christ and thou shalt he saved." Is this the general tone 
of your conversation ? It should be. We are doing an in- 
dividual very little good by just giving him the social side 
of our church. We must tell him of the saving message of 
Christ for his lost soul. Then we will be helping to bring 
about the "greater works" of which Christ spoke in John. 

5. "SEPARATE ME." The Holy Spirit appeared to the 
Church .at Antioch after they had been together for a long 
time in prayer. Thus yielded to His leading, the Spirit told' 
them to set apart Paul and Barnabas for special mission- 
ary work. So these two men went out under the Spirit ani 
were very successful for a number of years in winning 
the lost to Christ, and establishing churches in Asia Minor. 
The two of them, under the Spirit, brought more people 
to Christ, and built more new churches in five years than 
many of our whole denominations have done in fifty years. 
And remember there were only two of them, and denomi- 
nations have many workers and leaders. Their secret was 
prayer and close fellowship with God; also being in the 
will of God. 

6. SOMETHING TO TRY. Wanted: a young people's so- 
ciety to do the following: Spend their C. E. hours for one 
month on their knees in prayer that God will use them to 
win others to Christ. Sins must be confessed to God (and 
to God alone). Hearts must be yielded to God's will. At 
the end of the month, choose several to go out and speak 
to other young people, not just any young people, but 
those whom they know, and whom they can meet in their 
homes. During these visits let the rest of the members be 
gathered together on their knees in prayer. Sounds crazy 
to you, doesn't it? Maybe, but don't forget that that was 
the way Paul and Barnabas did it. While they were on 
their missionary journey, the Antioch church members 
were on their knees praying for their success. This is 
God's way for winning people to Jesus Christ. God's way 
in this case, is the only way. Much success will come in 
your "good news" venture if you follow the plan of God. 



FEBRUARY 25, 1950 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



Prayer Meeting 
Studies 

IBij (P. Y. Cjilmev 




"THE PREACHER" 

He held the lamp of Truth that day 
So low that none could miss the way; 
And yet so high, to bring in sight 
That picture fair — the world's great Light- 
That gazing up, the lamp between, 
The hand that held it scarce was seen. 

He held the pitcher, stooping low 

To lips of little ones below; 

Then raised it to the weary saint, 

And bade him drink, when sick and faint: 

They drank — the pitcher thus between, 

The hand that held it scarce w,as seen. 

He blew the trumpet soft and clear, 
That trembling sinners need not fear; 
And then, with louder note and bold 
To raze the walls of Satan's hold: 
The trumpet coming thus between, 
The hand that held it scarce was seen. 



-Selected. 



THE PREACHER 



Scripture: 1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-11; 1 Thes. 5:12,13; Heb. 
13:7, 17 

Hymn: "Our Best" 

Prayers 

Seed Thoughts for Discussion: 

IN DEALING with eternal truths, with souls at stake, we 
should always be at our best. We should not let the good 
be the .enemy of the best. The Apostle Paul disciplined him- 
self lest he be anything less than the best (1 Cor. 9:27). 
God has certainly magnified the usefulness of preaching 
(1 Cor. 1:17, 18, 21). Paul sensed the great importance 
of preaching (1 Cor. 9:16). Jesus made preaching the most 
important thing in His ministry (Matt. 4:7; 11:1; Mark 
2:1, 2). 

Only the saved can be stewards of the gospel (1 Cor. 
2:14). Paul was divinely called (1 Cor. 9:17; Eph. 3:2, 8, 9). 
We have no business preaching anything but the gospel 
(1 Cor. 15:1). Paul was willing to pay the price of preach- 
ing the truth (2 Tim. 1:8, 11; 4,:2, 5; Gal. 6:17). He 
made no reservations (2 Tim. 1:12). 

In preaching there is no place for timidity or discour- 
agement (Rom. 1:16; Jer. 1:8, 17). The pulpit is no place 
for uncertainty (1 Cor. .14:8). Many are lacking in faith 
today because they evade the preaching service of the 
church (Rom. 10:17). Better Bible sermons are in order 
(2 Tim. 2:15). Preaching the Bible gives a holy boldness 
(Acts 9:27, 29; 14:3). With a tender heart the preacher 



must preach earnestly and fearlessly against sin (2 Tim. 
4:2; Isa. 58:1; 1 Tim. 5:20; Titus 1:13). There is no use 
of pronouncing "peace" where there is no peace (Jer. 6: 
13, 14). 

The preacher should feel about the Bible as Jesus did 
(Matt. 4:4). He can preach boldly what he practices. 

"God wants the preacher to be brave, 
And not to be a spineless slave 
To men of base desire and pride 
Who go the downward road so wide; 
But who will warn the worldly folk 
That sin and Hell is not a joke, 
Then lead them to the Saviour's feet 
Where they may find salvation sweet." 




Qonnnents on the Lesson by the Cditov 



Lesson for March 12, 1950 
CHURCH ORGANIZATION AND LEADERSHIP 

Lesson: Acts 6:1-6; 20:17-18, 28; I Cor. 12:27-28 

FIRST OF ALL ive should think of the church as an 
-"organism" — a growing thing, rather than merely an 
"organization." When Christ said He would "build His 
Church," it was not the construction of massive buildings, 
with high towers "reaching toward heaven," nor was it a 
system of interrelated sub-groups, bound together with 
constitutional organization. "His Church," it should be re- 
alized, is the great body of believers, the "Bride of Christ," 
the "called-out ones." If we keep this in mind, we can 
better study the lesson of today. 

Of course, the church, as we look at it today in this 
study, is the visible church organization, with such offi- 
cers and leadership as is necessary to progress toward 
the completion of plans and projects which will forward 
the work of the church "invisible." 

Today we have church organizations that are under- 
organized. That is, the local or general church does not 
have a plan, a purpose or an urge that will spur them on 
to greater things. They do not strive to reach the goals, 
which are set up for forward progress, nor to see beyond 
the mere present, or at best to see into a very limited 
future. They seem content to meet in the "place of meet- 
ing" on Sunday morning (sometimes on Sunday evenings 
also) — many times on only every other Sunday; with no 
mid-week prayer service; no social meetings of classes, 
or very much contact with each other during the interim 
between Sundays. O yes, they are organized — that is, they 
have a corps of officers (often times "corps" being spelled 
"corpse"), these officers meeting spasmodically to see that 
the church body is still .able to move about, and having as- 
certained that it is still breathing, feel amply repaid for 
the few minutes of such meetings. Such a church is alive 
— but that's about all that can be said for it. 



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I hasten to say that I believe we have very few of such, 
if any at all, in the Brethren Church. 

Diametrically opposed to this, is the Church that is over- 
organized. So much over-organized is it that it is constant- 
ly finding it difficult to keep from over-lapping in its work. 
Every little segment of this over-organized church has a 
president and his corps of officers. Each of these segments 
tries to out-do the other in activities, with the result that 
in the end, with too many things going on, about two- 
thirds of the work — the spiritual work, usually — is neg- 
lected or forgotten altogether. 

Now lest we be misunderstood, these two extremes in 
organization are the north and south poles of our thoughts 
— they are that far away from each other. 

In order to get anywhere organization and leadership 
are necessary. The early church began with a very simple 
organization — but an organization nevertheless, headed as 
it was by the apostles, whose function it was to "preach 
the gospel" to the salvation of souls — to tell the story as 
they had seen it, or as John says in First John — "that 
which we have seen and heard declare we unto you." 

.But the closer these people became, the more compli- 
cated their work. Social and physical problems arose, un- 
til, rather than have their work of "ministering the Word" 
interfered with, the apostles counseled the choosing of 
seven men of honesty and integrity and who were filled with 
the Spirit, to take over this work. We call such men dea- 
cons, today, and ordain them to the work of spiritual over- 
sight of the congregation and set them apart for the task 
of looking after the material needs of deserving members 
of the church. Many a deacon, thus set apart for the above 
tasks, has been called to the greater task of "preaching the 
unsearchable riches of the Gospel of Jesus Christ," even 
as were two of the original seven — Stephen and Philip. 

No church can rise very high above its leadership. Con- 
sequently, when an organization is completed it should 
be remembered that the success of such organization de- 
pends, to a large degree, on the officials chosen to head it. 
"Full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom" is still one of the 
most important prerequisites of church leadership and ac- 
tivity, and "continuation in prayer and the ministry of 
the Word" is still vital to the work of the Lord. 



NEWS FROM OUR CHURCHES 



(Continued from page 11) 



gelist, Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, and the prayers of many 
friends, resulted in a very successful two weeks of ser- 
vices. We are much indebted to the Men's Gospel Team for 
their support. 

Different College students very graciously gave of their 
time and talents in leading the singing and providing spe- 
cial music. This added much to the services, and was 
greatly appreciated. 

A number of adults and children from the community, 
many who had not attended the church before, were faith- 
a personal invitation for the people to come. This prepa- 
ration, together with the powerful messages of our Evan- 
Gospel Team of the College. A group of workers went up 



and down the streets distributing handbills, and extending 
ful in coming night after night. The church was nearly 
filled, and a fine spirit was manifested on the very first 
night — with three boys coming forward when the invita- 
tion was given. Two of these came to make a first time 
confession, and the other to rededicate his life to the Lord. 
All three had been faithful in attending Sunday School 
and Church. This spirit continued throughout the two 
weeks of services, and few nights passed in which some- 
one did not step out and confess Christ as his Lord and 
Savior. 

There was a total of 15 first time confessions, all chil- 
dren and young people, and two rededications. Of this 
number, 7 were baptized at the Park Street Church on 
January 25. The others were prevented for various rea- 
sons. Some parents wanted their children baptized into a 
different church, and one thought her girl too young to 
fully understand the step she was making. 

New friends were made, testimonies given as to benefits 
received, and seed was sown which is bearing fruit in the 
community already — and will, continue to bear fruit under 
the increase of the Lord's hand. May God richly bless those 
who helped out in these meetings, those who did visitation 
work, and those who gave their support through prayer. 

To any Church desiring a capable and Spirit filled Evan- 
gelist, I sincerely recommend to you Brother Stogsdill. 

In carrying out the work of the church, the College stu- 
dents and others have been more than willing to help out 
in any way possible. Whether a piano player, a special 
number, a song leader, or a Sunday School class teacher 
has been needed — only a word was necessary to fill the 
need. 

Much has also been accomplished in a physical way. 
With the help of several from the community, curtains 
were made and hung; so that we now have a classroom in 
each corner of the church, and also a curtain for the plat- 
form. Mr. H. C. Gorham and William Fells have each 
made a fine table for a Sunday School class, and Thomas 
Shannon a sand table for the Beginners. 

The family of Mrs. Lola Jones presented to the church 
a fine player piano in her memory. Brother Joe Glessner 
presented a fine door mat, and other contributions have 
been received, such as kindling and cleaning rags from 
Mrs. J. Allen Miller and Mrs. Cynthia Slotter, also a Con- 
goleum rug for the Children's Sunday School room from 
Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Stuckey. These things have met a need 
in the church, and now our most pressing need is for a 
basement and rest rooms. 

Our prayer is that we might continue to grow, and be 
able to meet the needs of the people in this community. 
Robt. G. Holsinger, Class Leader. 
THE GARBER MEMORIAL REVIVAL 

We wish to express our appreciation to Brothers Rob- 
ert Holsinger and Kenneth Solomon for the efforts which 
they put forth in getting ready for the Garber Memorial 
evangelistic services which were held in Ashland January 
8 to January 22. It was no easy task for them .and their 
"co-workers" the weeks before the services and also dur- 
ing the meetings to go out and call on the neighbors and 
stir up concern in the hearts of the people while we were 
heavily burdened with the thoughts of oncoming semester 
examinations. 



FEBRUARY 25, 1950 



PAGE FIFTEEN 



Saturday nights were devoted to the meetings, too, as 
the young folk came and gave their hearts to the Lord. 
Fifteen stepped out to make confessions and place their 
trust in Him. Since the Garber Memorial Church has not 
yet been organized, the young people were baptized by 
Brother Solomon at the Park Street Church and taken into 
the membership of that church. 

The adults were not as openly responsive as the younger 
ones, but several made private confessions of a need of 
deeper fellowship with God. Many reported strength gained 
through giving heed to the Word of God and His messages. 
The last night of the services proved that the people were 
hungry for the Word of the Lord, for they begged for 
more. 

We were sorry that we could not carry on the meetings; 
for the speaker there was regular Sunday morning preach- 
ing to be done at Gretna, moving of household furniture 
to another address, and semester examinations the week 
following the conclusion of the meetings. Others had equal 
obligations so that it was practically impossible to carry 
on. Brother Holsinger and .Brother Solomon hoped that 
there might be another "non-stop," or indefinite series of 
meetings in the near future to aid in establishing the 
church. Brethren, remember this little church in your 
prayers. 

Clarence Stogsdill. 



FROM WARSAW, INDIANA TO VINCO, 
PENNSYLVANIA 

You are more than welcome to Fellowship with us every 
Sunday at the Vinco Brethren Church. The writer voices 
the sentiments of the Vinco Brethren. 

Mrs. Brant and the writer along with Mrs. Joyce K. Say- 
lor and Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter hurried from the General 
Conference Grounds, Ashland, Ohio, to be in Warsaw 
August 28th, to fill the Pulpit the last time as regular Pas- 
tor. We had accepted the call to serve the Vinco Brethren 
Church and would move at once. We were reluctant to 
leave friends of several years, but ties have to be broken 
time and again in this great business of serving our Lord, 
and so with some tears and a heartache we helped load 
the "van" and got into the Studebaker and turned our 
backs upon a wonderful group of Brethren and headed 
East. We arrived in Vinco on Wednesday afternoon to find 
the "van" unloaded and the house in good shape. As we 
reported before, the parsonage had been repainted inside 
and out, papered up and down, and a new bathtub and 
fixtures installed — we were again at Home. 

I make no report of the Warsaw work, it speaks for it- 
self. The Brethren were very gracious during my two 
months illness last March and April and I shall always 
be grateful; I wish to again thank them for their kind 
considerations and trust they continue to pray for us, 
as we do for the Warsaw work and their fine new pastor 
and wife, Rev. and Mrs. E. J. Beekley. Fine reports are 
coming out of Warsaw and we wish them Godspeed. 

The work here at Vinco had been carried on under the 
capable guidance of Brother C. Y. Gilmer and Brother W. 
S. Benshoff and we have been endeavoring to carry on in 
the same fashion. We find another wonderful group of 
Brethren here and are laboring for the Master daily. We 



will attempt to report some of the highlights of the past 
four months. 

A Reception for the Parsonage Family was held at Ir- 
wins, a local restaurant with large dining room, on the 
30th of September. Several wool blankets and some cash 
were presented (we haven't needed them yet; thinking of 
sending them to Charlie Johnson in California). We ap- 
preciated these as well as those presented to us when we 
left Warsaw, they are a constant reminder of friends and 
friendships treasured. 

On Sunday, September 25th, we had the pleasure of 
Dedicating 13 babies to the Lord. It was a fine sight to 
see these babies, and parents surrounding the Altar. Rally 
Day was October 2nd, with the Sunday School presenting 
the morning program and the pastor preaching in the eve- 
ning. Both services were to a full house. Our Communion 
was held October 9th, with 150 in attendance, and proved 
to be a wonderful service. The following Sunday was 
"Youth Sunday," with the Young People assisting in the 
service. The evening service was a "Special Request" pro- 
gram with close to 250 in attendance. The 23rd was FAM- 
ILY SUNDAY, with large audiences at both services, the 
largest family present receiving a gift. The 30th was 
GUEST SUNDAY with a good morning service and the 
Sipesville Male Chorus with us in the evening. Every seat 
and chair was full and a number standing. This was cer- 
tainly full proof of what the Vinco Brethren could do. 

Our Revival Services began November 13th and contin- 
ued through the 27th, and is still continuing in the church 
and community. We baptized 12 and received 8 by letter, 
with several more awaiting baptism at present. We had 
excellent music each evening with representation from the 
Second Brethren, the Gideon Male Chorus of the Walnut 
Grove Brethren, the Benshoff Hill Brethren Male Chorus, 
and much local talent, musically and otherwise. I might 
say here that we can be proud of the excellent talent of 
the Vinco Brethren. Our reorganized Men's Male Chorus 
sang the last night. We should also report the formation 
of a Junior Choir of recent date. This group has 30 mem- 
bers and is growing. We had a Christmas Program pre- 
sented by the Sunday School in the morning and a pro- 
gram of Carols and Candles in the evening. 

The laymen are doing a fine work. At Christmas they 
ministered to ,a needy family with groceries and cash. A 
Gospel Team held services for the Raystown Brethren and 
assisted at several services held by the writer, including 
Holy Communion. They are backing the Senior Brother- 
hood in purchasing a Mimeograph Machine for the Church. 
Our Laymen are working hard to help the work of the 
church; their personal Contact Program is getting results 
for both the Laymen and the Church. In a recent meeting 
a fine young man stepped out for the Lord. 

We are again a 100% Brethren Evangelist subscription 
church. We ask the prayers of the Church at large for 
our work here. 

In His Service, 

W. B. Brant, Pastor. 



ELKHART, INDIANA,EVANGELISTIC SERVICES 

Recently (January 23-February 5) we traveled to Elk- 
hart, Indiana, to hold a two weeks Evangelistic Campaign 



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with the Brethren there in the First Brethren Church. 
This is one of the most active and well organized churches 
we have ever had privilege to work in. The two weeks were 
entirely enjoyable and passed only too rapidly. 

The congregation and pastor, L. V. King, had left noth- 
ing undone in preparatory prayer and personal work. The 
church and the field were ready for any workings of the 
Spirit that the Lord might direct. The attendance was con- 
sistent, Large and inspiring every night with many not 
missing one single night. Rev. Harry Gilbert led the song 
services throughout the meetings .and with his quick wit, 
fine spirit and much special music from choirs and indi- 
viduals it would have been difficult not to have been in- 
spired to bring the Gospel at each service. 

Our home for the two weeks was with the Harry Gil- 
berts, since the parsonage is now undergoing complete re- 
modeling. We were not only hospitably received here but 
entertained well and made to feel entirely at home. Many 
thanks to them. 

The committee of Evangelism under the direction of 
Harold Plank, had charge of pre-prayer services each night 
and from here much power emanated as we prayed night- 
ly for the many souls under conviction. 

We have ministerial relationship of which many may 
not know, with the pastor, Brother Lester King, since 
our present pastorate, Smithville, Ohio, called both of us 
into the ministry. In Brother King the Smithville church 
has at least one son of whom they can be rightly proud 
and the Elkhart church the same in their pastor. He not 
only knows his church well, but the entire city of Elkhart 
as well. With a prospect list of almost three hundred to 
reach, there was no time to be wasted in getting to the 
personal work. It went on constantly and needless to say 
will continue to go on since our departure from the field. 
He knew his prospects well and was warmly welcomed into 
every home. Many, many homes will long remain on our 
prayer list until we hear they are won and received into 
the eternal kingdom. Souls were saved, baptised and 
prayers answered all through the meetings. The Spirit 
was there! 

The Brethren in and around Northern Indiana were 
friendly and neighborly. Delegations came repeatedly from 
Brighton, Goshen, Nappanee, New Paris and South Bend. 
Mother and Dad Grisso attended one Sunday from Mex- 
ico, our sister Vada, her family and pastor from LaPorte 
one night and Mrs. Grisso came from Smithville to be 
with us in the concluding services on Sunday. Among vis- 
iting ministers were Willis Ronk from Goshen, Virgil 
Meyer from Nappanee with 34 delegates, George Pontius, 
pastor at North Liberty, Robert Higgins of Loree, I. D. 
Bowman of Brighton and W. I. Duker, pastor at Milford. 
As we have often said before, it does one's heart good 
when Brethren support Brethren with encouragement and 
prayers in such concentrated effort for souls. 

Elkhart has many consecrated, zealous workers as well 
as excellent homes open to the entertainment of a visit- 
ing evangelist. The love offering at the close of the meet- 
ing was far more than any effort of ours could be worth 
and was received with the greatest of appreciation that we 
can extend to them for their bountiful expression for our 
humble services rendered. 

We wish we could name all those that were so faithful 
in r attending and helping out but among the many we 



might mention the faithfulness and fine musicianship of 
the organist, Pern Gilbert, the senior choir director, Faye 
Weatherwax and junior choir director, Mrs. Zimmerman. 
The Kings are doing a fine work in this church and all 
the brotherhood should know that beside being loved by all 
they are diligent, consecrated and tireless in every task 
that is presented to them in this great field. May the Lord 
continue to bless them and their church by adding souls 
daily such as should be saved in such a fruitful place. The 
very least that we can say for the church, every member 
and every organization, is that they are "Evangelistic" 
in every sense of the word. In the times that we are liv- 
ing, what better or what more could be said of any church ? 
Vernon D. Grisso, Smithville, Ohio. 



GRETNA BRETHREN CHURCH 
Bellefontaine, Ohio 

When the Scriptures spoke of a "Sabbath days' journey" 
it didn't mean a distance which we cover every Sunday 
morning and afternoon. The Gretna Brethren Church is 
approximately 105 miles from where we live in Ashland. 
Others have done this before us, and some of our semi- 
nary students are, at present, traveling a distance of 75 
to 80 miles every Lord's Day to hold services with their 
congregations; so "commuting" to church is nothing new 
to Ashland students. 

We rise (very slowly, of course) about 5:15 in the morn- 
ing, poke a piece of toast and a cup of something (we are 
not sure whether we got it out of the Nescafe or not) 
down our throats, and after picking up bulletins and other 
materia! needed we shove off for Gretna. Usually we en- 
joy the drive, for we have been blessed with lovely weath- 
er most of the Sundays since September 5, 1948. The Lord 
supplied us with beautiful Ohio scenery which never be- 
comes monotonous to a driver. Around curves and over 
hills we go to Marion, to Kenton, and Bellefontaine. At 
last we arrive at the little country church at the cross- 
roads in time for Sunday School — my watch is always 
five minutes ahead of the big wall clock. We vary our time 
of beginning Sunday School, for starting at the same time 
every Sunday might become monotonous — or is that the 
reason, Gretna? No remarks here! 

For many years Gretna has been holding services only 
every-other-Sunday, but since we have been there (rather, 
when we first started going) they asked for full-time. Sev- 
eral of our old congregation have dropped out as a result 
of their moving away, getting married, etc., but we still 
have the usual number of from 33 to 40 present for church. 
Within the past few weeks there has been a noticeable 
hunger for soul-searching messages which will causes the 
hearer to look within his own life for ways of doing more 
for his Lord. It is easier to get a few people to make res- 
olutions and re-dedications than it is great masses. This 
we hope to do here, for we know that this small congre- 
gation can be the core of a great work. Pray for us and 
our work — not just the pastor, but the whole congregation. 
We are staking our lives on these points: 1. The Bible is 
the inspired word of God. 2. Christ is the Saviour of the 
whole world. 3. If people refuse the first two, nothing else 
will suffice for them. 4. You (We) can do more for God! 
Clarence Stogsdill, pastor. 




Wanted - .ft. Messenger 



The Lord Christ wanted a tongue one day 

To apeak a message of cheer 

To a heart that was weary and worn and sad, 

Weighed down with a mighty fear. 

He asked for mine, but 'tu*as busy quite, 

With my own affairs, from morn till night. 



The Lord Christ wanted a hand one day 

To do a loving deed; 

He wanted two feet on an errand for Him 

To run with gladsome speed. 

But I had, need of my own that day, 

To His gentle beseeching I answered, "Nay.' 



So all that day I used my tongue, 

My hands, and my feet as I chose; 

I said some hasty, bitter words 

That hurt one heart, God knows. 

I busied my hands with worthless play, 

And my willful feet went a crooked way. 



While the dear Lord grieved with His work undone 

For lack of a willing heart! 

Only through men does He speak to men, 

Dumb must He be apart. 

I do not know, but I wish today 

I had let. the Lord Christ have His way. 

— Author Unknown. 



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Items of general Interest 



Washington, D. C. Brother Fairbanks reports seven bap- 
tized and received into the church, as shown in his last 
bulletin. 

The sum of $1,494.98 has been turned into the Building 
Fund at Washington during the past four months. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum say that a water 
softener has been placed in action in the parsonage base- 
ment, and that .all that remains to be done to finish the 
septic tank drain is the laying of sixty-four feet of tile. 

Vinco, Penna. Brother W. ,B. Brant writes us that on 
February 14th they had a "wonderful Laymen's meeting 
— twenty-two men out, and as a result there were nine re- 
quests for prayer for unsaved friends, and fourteen men 
really prayed." He makes this significant remark, "When 
your men move, the church has to move." 

Johnstown, Penna. Third. We note from Brother Wolfe's 
bulletin that the Father and Son Banquet was held on 
February 21st. 

The W. M. S. had charge of the morning service on Sun- 
day, February 19th, Mrs. H. H. Rowe was the guest 
speaker. 

The first meeting of the Pastor's Class for Church Mem- 
bership was held on Friday afternoon, March 3rd, for chil- 
dren between the ages of nine and fourteen. 

Meyersdale, Penna. Plans are being made for special 
services on March 12th. This date marks forty years since 
the dedication of the church building, and sixty-nine years 
since the congregation was organized. 

The annual city-wide Good Friday service will be held 



in our church on Friday, April 7th, from 12:00 noon to 
3:00 P. M. 

Ashland, Ohio. Arrangements are about completed for 
the observation of Holy Week in the Park Street Church. 
Services will be held on Tuesday through Friday. Guest 
speakers will bring the messages on Tuesday and Thurs- 
day evenings. The Ashland College Chapel Choir will sing 
"The Seven Last Words" on Wednesday evening. On Fri- 
day evening the regular Spring Communion will be ob- 
served. 

The Northeastern Ohio Brethren Youth gathering which 
was held in the Ashland Church on Saturday, February 
25th, was a great success. In spite of almost zero weather 
the youth came from Akron, Smithville, Canton, Louisville, 
North Georgetown, Mansfield .and Fair Haven. This meet- 
ing was labeled "A Day for Germany," with clothing and 
things to eat being brought in to be sent to ministers' 
families in Germany. Seventy-seven boxes were packed 
ready to mail out, which mailing will in all probability 
be done before you read this. Eighty-three partook of the 
free luncheon at the Church at the noon hour, which was 
provided by the two Woman's Missionary societies and 
served by the Junior W. M. S. These eighty-three youth 
worked hard to get the boxes packed and were ready to 
eat at the noon hour. The afternoon was spent in election 
of officers, athletic events at the College Gym, and then 
installation of new officers and a devotional program back 
at the church. The banquet was served in the College din- 
ing room, with one hundred and twenty-eight present. A 
program followed, the high point of which was motion 
pictures of his recent visit to Germany and other countries 
of Europe, by Dr. Harold H. Lentz, pastor of the Trinity 
Lutheran Church of Ashland, who, by the way is a very 
great friend of our Brethren Youth. The dining hall was 
beautifully decorated with red, white and blue flowers and 
crepe paper. The programs and menu were appropriately 
translated into the German by Mrs. M. A. Stuckey, with 
the frontis of the program showing a map of Germany 
with an inset of the American flag, crossed by a cross, the 
work of Betty Rowsey. Phil Lersch of Ashland, a pre-sem- 
inary student in the college, was chairman of the commit- 
tee arranging the meeting. 

Work will soon be started on the decoration and repair 
program of the Ashland church, recently authorized by the 
Official Board. We will have more to report concerning 
this program in the near future. 

The Sunday School Board recently voted to give $100.00 
to the Wheeler Hall of Lost Creek, Kentucky, through the 
Missionary Board. 

Stated requirements have been set up in the Sunday 
School for those who desire to attend Young People's 
Camp this coming summer. 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park. Brother J. G. Dodds, pas- 
tor, tells us that from January 1st to February 19th there 
were nine conversions. Six of these have been baptized and 
the other three will be baptized at a later date. The aver- 
age attendance the first three Sundays in February was 
108. Communion services will be held at the close of the 
revival which will be held in the Akron church from March 
6th to 19th, with Brother John Byler of Louisville, Ohio, 
as the evangelist. The communion date is March 20th. 

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MARCH 4, 1950 



PAGE THREE 




"THIS IS YOUR LIFE" 

OVER THE RADIO each week comes a program under 
the above title. In this program Ralph Edwards 
brings to the notice of the radio audience, someone who 
has done something outstanding in his life, usually that 
which is not ordinarily revealed except as it comes to no- 
tice in this program. 

A couple of weeks ago he had with him an individual 
and his wife who had gone down into the very depths 
of degradation through strong drink. Only sixteen short 
months ago they had been brought up short with the real- 
ization that they had gone to the limits of despair and that 
surely there was more to life than that which they were 
displaying. They sought the aid of the Salvation Army. 
The result of this seeking was made manifest in the con- 
version and return to life again in normal living. The new 
life, now found, showed its appreciation by helping others 
to overcome the evil habit which so often forces men and 
women to the very depths of sin and shame. 

Listening to the recounting of this life and its resultant 
1 fting to new heights — set me to thinking! 

If each of us were to be called upon tonight to give an 
account of our lives what would be the result? Would we 
merit a searching out that such a radio program would 
give? Are our lives lived in such a manner that we do 
for others with no expectation of return for it, and what 
we have accomplished carried the imprint of love and sym- 
pathy? 

Let's see how it works out? The four words of the cap- 
tion can be expressed with the emphasis on each of the 
words. 

1. "THIS is your life!" This is your life as men about 
you see it. It is the story that would be told concerning 
you by your next door neighbor, or your closest friend, 
or your business partner. It is that which would depict 
your outer life as it is lived before men day by day. It is 
the life so many times becomes the example or pat- 
tern after which other lives are built — either for good or 
ill. It is like a great motion picture that flashes on the 
screen of every-day activity and then is gone. 

2. "This IS your life!" This is your life as it is actually 
lived in the innermost recesses of your heart — your 
thoughts, your urges, your reactions within. It is the life 
that God sees and of which He makes record in His great 
account book. This life shows what you are within; 
what your life is worth intrinsically — whether it is gold or 
dross. This IS your life! 

3. "This is YOUR life!" It is your own life to do with 
as you please. No one, not even God (and we say it with 
all reverence) is able to force you to do what you will not 
to do, because He has created you a free moral agent in 
order that you may make your own choices and thus bear 
your own responsibility. It is YOUR life to save or lose. 
And it should be remembered that it is YOUR life, both 
here and hereafter. 

4. "This is your LIFE!" Life is a peculiar thing. It is 



more than merely breathing and being able to move about. 
Life is spiritual activity — really it is a part of God, loaned 
to man for all time. We catch a slight glimpse of what 
life is when we hear Paul say, "In him we live and move 
and have our being." Or when we read what John wrote, 
"In him was life, and the life was the light of men." Or 
when we hear Jesus Himself say, "I am the resurrection 
and the life." 

Yes, this is your life! Yours to use in His service, or 
to destroy by failure to heed His commands. He woul 1 
like to praise yiur life and find value in it (like the radio 
program) and to be able to say to you, "Well done thou 
good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful in a 
few things, lo, I will make thee ruler over many things: 
enter thou into the joys of thy Lord." Can you merit it? 

Think it over! 



Office Gleanings 

By The Editor 



More Publication Day Offerings 

The following additional Publication Day offerings up 
to and including those received on February 22nd, are 
listed below: 

Glenford, Ohio, Brethren Church $20.50 

Mexico, Indiana, .Brethren Church 49.50 

Mrs. Laura Rager Manges, Crawfordsville, 

Indiana (Roann) 1.00 

Gretna, Ohio, Brethren Church ( Belief ontaine) . . 54.18 
Miss Ruth Benshoff, Grove City, Pa. (Johnstown III) 2.00 

St. James, Maryland, Brethren Church 58.10 

Brighton, Indiana, Brethren Church 5.00 

Gratis, Ohio, Brethren Church 46.00 

Milledgeville, Illinois, Junior W. M. S 10.00 

Sunday School Literature 

Order time is here for the Sunday School Literature. 
Have you sent yours in? Last quarter we had considerable 
trouble in getting the proper literature to the churches 
because of incomplete information contained in the orders. 
May we call your attention again to the fact that just 
saying, "Send me 10 Junior quarterlies, m 8 Primary 
quarterlies," is not sufficient information that the order 
can be completed. Since we deal with a number of com- 
panies, all of which have such materials, it is necessary 
to give us the company from which you desire the liter- 
ature ordered. So please add the name of the company, 
as "The Standard Publishing Co."; "David Cook"; "Breth- 
ren Publishing House — Elgin, 111." This will expedite your 
order greatly. Of course we understand when you say 
"The Brethren Adult Quarterly" and the "Brethren Youth 
Quarterly" for these are our own. But the main question 

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PACE FOUR 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



^eal Ibteteb a$td ty%eat @&aice& 



Rev. Dale Welch 



(The following article so soul-searching that it will do 
each member of the Brethren church good to read it. It 
touches on the vital problems that are facing the church 
in this day. While it may not apply to our own churches 
as a whole, and surely does not, it does apply to the gen- 
eral trend of the times as we see them. Read and ponder.) 

IT SEEMS THAT THESE tragic days are forcing us to 
the recognition that, as individuals and institutions, 
there are real issues confronting us, concerning which 
we must make a choice. Our failure to recognize these 
issues indicates an unforgiving stupidity, and, if they be 
recognized, our failure to make a choice is in itself the 
most tragic decision that can be made. 

A good many sincere and intelligent p.eople are earnest- 
ly asking the question today, which becomes incumbent 
upon us to answer. "Where is God in this disordered and 
distracted world?" "If the God of the Bible be the God of 
today, where is He in the face of the wicked tragedy that 
afflicts this world of our day?" "Where is the ever-pres- 
ent, all-powerful, all-wise God in whom we believe?" 
There is an answer, and we need to declare it with insight, 
conviction and holy eloquence. 

God is in the world pleading in love that we forsake 
our wicked days and do His will. He is leaning over the 
battlements of heaven, pleading with man to hear His 
voice, to forsake his sinful ways and establish the vital 
relationship that ought to prevail between the Creator 
and the created. This loving Father is not disposed, it 
seems clear, to do more than plead with us that we enter 
into His presence and fellowship. He seems clearly to limit 
Himself by the willingness with which men respond to 
Him. 

But God is not only a God of love, He is also a God of 
justice and sits today in judgment upon us as individuals 
and upon the society which we have produced. We need 
to be reminded of the justice of God and if we keep cen- 
tral this attitude in our thinking, we shall not be likely 
to assume that God is upon the side of any particular na- 
tion in this day of conflict. With genuine humility, all of 
us ought to examine our hearts and lives in terms of the 
responsibility which we bear for the world's sorrows, and 
it would be well if we could always recall that God is sit- 
ting in judgment upon us and our day. Yes, of course, He 
loves us; but with an even justice He appraises our acts 
and the colossal sins of society of which we are a part. 

But we need to be reminded, as do the people who de- 
pend on us for leadership, that God is not only a God of 
love and justice. He is also a God who in a miraculous 
way has intervened to save man and through him save 
society. In the person, the ministry, the death and resur- 
rection of Christ, God has dramatically intervened and 
shown us that what seems at the moment to be a tragedy 
(as for example the crucifixion on Calvary, became on 
the resurrection morn, a great victory), and what today 
seems to be the travail of the world, under the leadership 



of a God of love and justice, who can in His own way in- 
tervene again in the affairs of men, by this intervention 
can change things into a victorious triumph for truth and 
righteousness. 

Concerning the issue as to where God is in a distracted 
and desperate world, we should declare with holy passion, 
that as He is a God of love and justice, we have faith to 
believe that He may use man's present desperate plight 
as the opportunity to win men back from their sin and 
selfishness into loving obedience to Him and His purpose. 

A second great issue which every loyal churchman 
ought to recognize and face intelligently, is the question 
of yhat has happened to the church. It is well known that 
the church is respectable, complacent, self-satisfied and 
altogether too often unopposed. There was a day when the 
church was despised, and when it was opposed, sometimes 
violently. 

It has not been so long ago since the church and its peo- 
ple were considered real enemies by the purveyors of in- 
toxicatng beverages. Too often today the saloon keeper — 
yes, we have them — is a member of the church, and if 
such is not the case, he numbers among his most loyal 
patrons a good many people who consider themselves loyal 
members of the church. 

Too largely, it seems, our churches have become weak, 
uncertain as to their purpose, lifeless, characterized by a 
deadly respectability and lacking in a sense of their mis- 
sion. The average congregation seems to be primarily 
concerned with raising enough to pay the pastor and to 
keep the property in good repair. There is little deep- 
seated conviction any longer that "We have a story to 
tell to the nations." The gospel of salvation and evan- 
gelism as respects the whole world has been diluted into 
a satisfactory and responsible ethic and the church is a 
society of "good people" who want the blessings of relig- 
ion to attend them during their moments of exaltation or 
grief, but are quite content to absent themselves from 
the church and its divine mission so long as they can 
clothe themselves in the aura of respectability which at- 
taches to church membership. Is this too caustic an in- 
dictment of the church ? It is to be hoped that it is, for 
there are many notable exceptions. Many churches are not 
merely filled with respectable cliques of good people, but 
there are all too many that have become complacent, un- 
opposed, lifeless and without a sense of mission. 

If this latter class of persons are the samples of our 
churches today, one of two things will happen in the next 
twenty-five years. Either the church will experience a 
genuine revival of religion, led by the real Christian peo- 
ple in the churches, and again take its place as a vig- 
orous institution in the affairs of the world, or it will 
sink into cowardly complacence from which it cannot hope 
to be rescued. 

It seems clear that the church, as an institution, cannot 
just drift. It must gird itself and preach the whole Gospel, 
or sink into inconspicuous uselessness. Just as men must 



MARCH 4, 1950 



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choose whether they will serve God or Baal, so the church 
must face the same thing. 

The third issue is revealed as we ask the question, "Why 
does man live so uninterestingly, so weakly, so selfishly, so 
sinfully, with so much understanding and so little con- 
cern?" This is surely an overdrawn indictment. For there 
are multiplied hundreds whose lives are dominated by con- 
viction, courage and devotion, even unto death. But let 
us not be deluded for a moment by believing that these 
exceptions change the character of the indictment. 

The great mass of humanity today is living selfishl ', 
weakly, without conviction, uninterestingly, knowing well 
a great many things that are not important, and above 
all, without any basic convictions to guide them. These 
people need to be faced pointedly and dramatically with 
the question, "How long halt ye between two opinions? 
if the Lord be God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow 
him." It is not unlikely that if we face them with this 



question, like the people of Elijah's day, they may answer 
not a word. But until we face this question, and in thought- 
ful silence ponder its significance, we shall not be able to 
reorganize our disordered lives nor to take our place in 
the distracted world of our day. 

In presenting this seemingly pessimistic picture, we 
only desire to call attention to some real issues that con- 
front us today, and as the subject implies, to say, that 
only as we have the insight and character to make great 
choices, shall we be able to face adequately the issues. 
No, indeed, the situation is not hopeless. The God of love, 
justice and divine intervention is able and willing to sa's e 
the church and men when they will make the right choice, 
and the distracted world of our day will find peace liter- 
ally and figuratively only as we recognize the issues which 
confront us and courageously make the kind of choices that 
it is incumbent upon us to make. 

— Selected from "The Presbyterian." 



Our Ghief Source of Encouragement 



Rev. Ernest Minegar 



IN HIS BOOK, "Mr. Brittling Sees It Through," the 
British author, H. G. Wells, puts these words into the 
mouth of his chief character, "Religion is the first thing, 
and the last thing, and until a man has found God, he 
begins at no beginning and works toward no end." 

One may have his friends and those to whom he thinks 
it is necessary to be loyal. He may have all the usual ex- 
periences of life, but they fit into no pattern, and they 
lead us nowhere, without God in our life and mode of liv- 
ing. Without God we are not only lost in the spiritual 
sense, but we are lost in every other sense. We are at a 
loss as to know what to make of life, and how to find any 
meaning in its experiences — what to live for; what to 
strive for; or what to die for. 

We readily see this in the life of Moses, and how he 
must have longed to see his people freed. Yet his own 
life needed a revelation of God before he could understand 
his own place in the fulfillment of his deepest longings. 
There is no such thing as a call of God being carried 
through by a person to whom God is not powerfully real. 
There must be some flaming vision that will fuse the deep- 
est elements of one's conflicting emotions and purposes 
together, in the white heat of a conviction that God is 
real. 

When God called Moses to go to Egypt and lead His 
people out of bondage, Moses said, "Who am I, to go to 
Pharaoh and demand the release of the Israelites?" Per- 
haps he was now thinkng back over those terrible days 
when he had murdered the slave master, and the attitude 
that his own people had taken toward him on the follow- 
ing day, when they asked him, "Wilt thou do the same 
with us?" In remembering all this, there was a doubt 
in the back of his mind as to the people's willingness to 
accept him as their leader. He knew that they would ask 
him the Hebrew name of the Living God. So Moses asked 
God, saying, "Who shall I say has sent me?" And God 



said unto him, "Say, I AM sent me; the God of Abraham, 
and of Jacob and Isaac, and say unto them, that I will 
be their God forever, and that they shall worship Me on 
this mountain." 

God's name, "I AM" must mean, to us, that He is the 
greatest, most powerful reality in our lives; that convic- 
tion will be our chiefest source of courage, and when we 
once are sure that THE GOD who has become so all-pow- 
erful and real to us, is also the God who is "in Christ," 
reconciling the world — and us — to Himself, He becomes 
our all. 

When God told Moses to go to Egypt and bring out His 
people, Moses was hesitant and relustant to do as God had 
bidden him. He offered all kinds of excuses, such as, "I 
am not eloquent, and I am slow of speech." He seemed un- 
conscious of the promise of God, "Certainly I will be with 
thee." (Exodus 3:12). Such excuses remind us so much of 
the same excuses that the pastor and Sunday School Su- 
perintendent hear when they call upon some of their mem- 
bers to do some work for the Lord: "I am not prepared 
today," and, "Someone else is more able than I." With 
such excuses we fall short in our faith as did Moses, for 
God said, "Go" and I "will tell thee what to say." He 
speaks the same to us today. But we do not trust Him 
enough to let Him tell us what to do or say. 

There is no evidence that Moses doubted God's prom- 
ises, but it does seem clear that he did not see all that it 
implied. He was struggling to say, "Yes," for he did want 
to see his people freed from the Egyptian bondage. Yet 
he saw so many difficulties in his own ability to carry out 
God's plans that he wanted to know how he could meet 
them and overcome them, rather than following God's in- 
structions and letting God overcome the difficulties. God 
answered all his objections in the fourth chapter of Ex- 
odus. 

This hesitation and the excuses of Moses still run true 



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today with us. So often we hesitate to do God's will and 
obey His commands; so often we are called into God's ser- 
vice and we try to beg off just as did Moses. Here is 
where we lose the greatest blessing, for God wants us to 
be ever ready and willing to serve Him. If we will only 
put all our trust in Him, we will quickly find that He will 
qualify us and make us able to do any job that He may 
call us to do. For if we are really a believer in Christ, we 
can say with Paul, "I can do all things through Christ 
which strengthened me" (Phil. 4:13). In so doing we 
will find the greatest blessing. Be ready, and when the 
Lord calls, answer, "Yes, Lord, I am ready. Use me ac- 
cording to Thy purpose, and let Thy will be done in me." 
With this attitude toward serving God, there will be no 
obstacle too large, and no job too big; for when we can 
reach that place where we are completely given over to 
His will, we have the assurance of God's promise, "Cer- 
tainly I will be with thee," to back our every effort. 

In our Christian life and experience there must be co- 
ordinated team work, as in .a football or basketball team. 
There are goals to be reached, and each player is de- 
pending on the other for cooperation, and as a whole, .the 
players are looking to their captain or coach, as their 
"chief source of encouragement." A couple that enters 
upon the sea of matrimony, who look to God as their 
"Chief Source of Encouragement," will find that happy 
and blessed will be their home. 

So as workers in His Vineyard, we need to keep our- 
selves in the center of His will, and ready to cooperate 
with HIM, and to do His will. Moses and Aaron became a 
team to bring God's people out of Egypt. They depended 
upon their God as their source of encouragement, and on 
His promise of "Certainly I will be with thee," to complete 
the job they were called on to do. We may receive a kind 
word of encouragement from a friend, a wife or a hus- 
band, that will enable us to carry on, but NO encourage- 
ment is so satisfying, rich and full as that given to us 
by our Lord in these comforting words, "And, Lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end of the world." (Mat- 
thew 28:20.) 

— Elkhart, Indiana. 



BURNING TRUTH - - 



By Charles E 



mory 



" — Only I discern 

Infinite passion and the pain 

Of finite hearts that yearn." 

— Robert Browning. 

Man's appetite is insatiable. This takes in all things 
that life has to offer. He always wants more than he can 
possibly get or use. He has the desire for the satisfaction of 
an infinite passion with such an inadequate tool as a finite 
heart. It is like trying to crowd a barrel of water into a 
quart measure. 

Man has a heart too small for his greedy ambition, so 
his eagerness to sieze and hold more than his heart can 
contain confuses and baffles him. He finds it pains but will 
no give up the struggLe. He has been endowed with an 
infnite passion and a finite heart that yearns. 



There is an indefinable longing in each breast to con- 
centrate "all the breath and the bloom of the year in the 
bag of one bee" — his own heart. He experiences the pas- 
sions of love, hate and mercy, of jealousy and pride. He 
wants to crowd more of each of these in his heart than he 
possibly can. 

He sees the great and limitless forces of nature and man 
all about him and he despairs of getting enough of them 
in his heart. It seems so alluring and would be so satisfy- 
ing if he could. 

This burning truth is borne in upon us as we look about 
and see the struggling mass of humanity. Their capacity 
is so limited; their desire so great. Man is so filled with 
eagerness that he uses every means, honorable or other- 
wise, to crowd the infinite in that finite heart. He always 
fails yet he always struggles. 

In the nobler natures it finds its struggles in the arts, 
sciences, inventions. Thus such men as Raphael and An- 
gelo and Edison struggle with canvass, chisel and test 
tube. Dante wrung his heart thru The Divine Comedy, 
and the blind Milton thru the immortal Paradise Lost. 

In the degraded and unscrupuolus it struggles in such 
hearts as Bluebeard and Jesse James and Al Capone. But 
in all cases it is the same age-old struggle of finite capac- 
ity and infinite supply. The finite yearns in pain because 
these is the infinite to grasp. 

This makes human life most interesting but most pre- 
carious. It keeps up the everlasting struggle that man 
is heir to. 




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228 Main St., Meyersdale, Pa. 



BERLIN, PENNSYLVANIA, C. E. 

The Berlin Brethren Young People's Christian Endeavor 
had a Hallowe'en Party on November 23rd. A swinging 
Jack-O-lantern was placed outside of the door to tell 
where the C. E. members were to come. It was held at 
the church. 

The invitations were made and sent by one of the mem- 
bers one evening. They were made from orange paper 
and a verse was written inside that was found in the C. 
E. programs. 

The church was decorated with streamers from light 
to light, hanging from the streamers were witches, cats, 
pumpkins and skeletons. A table was decorated — a pump- 
kin was in the center of the table surrounded by cab- 
bages, corn, carrots, and potatoes. These served as candle- 
holders which held orange and black candles. 

Games were played. A Jack-O-Lantern held fortunes 
which everyone enjoyed. 

The blessing was said by Rev. Percy Miller before re- 
freshments were served. The refreshments consisted of 
sandwiches, pickles, pumpkin pie, candy and cider. 

Before we went home we sang "Blest Be The Tie That 
Binds," and closed with a prayer. Everyone that was there 
had a wonderful time. 



MARCH 4, 1950 



PAGE SEVEN 



Christmas Party 

A sleigh ride was planned for our Christmas party, but 
due to weather conditions we couldn't go. About 9:00 
o'clock we went carolling. We came back to the church 
for our games and refreshments. We had weiners cook- 
ies and hot chocolate. There was a grab bag. Everyone 
present had a good time. 

A Gift For Our Sponsor 

The Berlin Young People's C. E. gave Miss Geneva Alt- 
father a three pound box of candy for being so faithful 
to us. We all would like to say "May God bless her and 
keep her." 

Delores Mosgrave, Secretary-Treasurer. 



Spiritual nDefcitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belote 
ACCUMULATED RESOURCES 



with thee is the fountain of life 



" Psalm 36:9. 



A MISSIONARY tells of an experience in the "back 
country" of Brazil during the yearly dry season in 
that country. There had been no rain for months; and the 
ground, parched by the long exposure to the sun's pitiless 
rays, was opening up in wide cracks. The grass was 
scorched and the leaves on the trees were brown and 
sere. Small creatures panted with thirst, while the birds 
perched listelssly in the trees, song having left their 
throats. It looked as if there was no life left anywhere. 

Suddenly, in the branch of an old tree, the narrator says, 
they espied a cluster of orchids, those flowers of rare and 
exotic beauty. Amazed, and not entirely sure that he was 
seeing aright, he turned to his guide and inquired. "How 
can this be?" The guide stopped, and pointing to the plant 
said, "See the thick leaves and bulblike roots? During the 
rainy season the plants drank in and stored away a tre- 
mendous reservoir of water. Today, with that vast store 
of accumulated resources they thrive and burst into bloom, 
while plants around them, without accumulated resources 
to draw from, wither and die." What a challenge to Chris- 
tian believers! The Word challenges us to "Lay not up 
treasures upon earth . . . , but lay up for yourself treas- 
ures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, 
and where thieves do not break throught and steal." 

Wise Christians turn daily to the fountain of life to 
build up and store away inner spiritual resources. Bible- 
reading, prayer, meditation, worship, all work mightily 
toward the storing of spiritual strength and satisfaction, 
so that we shall have reserves of strength and patience 
and endurance for the seasons of want, and sudden grief, 
and spiritual drouth that come to us all at unexpected 
moments, and which seasons leave us helpless without our 
store of accumulated resources. And we shall never be 
able to store sufficient resources by only occasional de- 
posits. Pray, read, worship. 

Linwood, Maryland. 



CDuch .Coved Couple Celebrate 
Golden lOedding 

Brother Ralph Mills, pastor of the Uniontown-Highland, 
Pennsylvania Circuit, Brethren Churches, sends us a 
newspaper account of the celebration of the Golden Wed- 
ding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Moore, of Mar- 
ianna, Pennsylvania, who are faithful members of the 
Highland Brethren Church. Brother Mills says that these 
two people are "a great asset to our church, locally and 
nationally," and that "any word of praise that might be 
said of them is just a part of that which they so well de- 
serve." The newspaper account, in part, appears below. 

"Mr. and Mrs. Louis Moore, Marianna, Pennsylvania, 
celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, 
February 5th. with their children, grandchildren and great 
grandchildren, at their home. 

"A bountiful dinner was served cafeteria style by the 
children. The afternoon was spent in singing gospel hymns 
and enjoying a good old fashioned homecoming. A well- 
filled purse was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Moore by those 
present. 

"Louis Moore and Catherine Platts were united in mar- 
riage on February 7, 1900, by the Rev. L. P. Streator in 
his home in East Maiden Street, Washington. They have 
spent the greater part of their married life in West Beth- 
lehem Township. 

"To this union were born eight children, two of whom 
died in childhood. The remaining six children, together 
with their families were all present. There are twenty- 
nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren." 

We offer our congratulations to Brother and Sister 
Moore, and wish for them many more such happy occa- 
sions. 



OUR MINISTER 

Mrs. Ruth Glessner 

A minister's life would never be mine, 

With its duties so earthly, and yet, so divine. 

His wishes and wants are second to others; 

He must please every one of his sisters and brothers. 

He must always be neat, and always be clean; 
His mind be alert and ever so keen. 
His manners, his habits and even his choices 
Must be in accord with all of our voices. 

He must go here and he must go there;. . 

In fact, he is wanted almost everywhere. 

He must share in your sorrows, and also your joys; 

He must mix with your girls, as well as your boys. 

The old folks too — he never must shun; 

The neighborhood, too — it must surely be won. 

He must preach and win sinners, and he must baptize; 

And speak words of wisdom, Oh, ever so wise! 

A minister I couldn't be 
With folks so critical of me. 
So, I'll just do my very best 
And work at being a Deaconess. 

— Canton, Ohio. 



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Some Pacts flhout The 'Work 
At Udell, Iowa 

By The Pastor, Rev. W. R. Deeter 




THERE HAVE BEEN so many inquiries, and so many 
people seem to be interested concerning the work at 
Udell, Iowa, that we herewith present some late pictures 
of the church ,and manse. 

The church was built way back in the last century, in 
the country, and was moved to the town of Udell early in 
the present century. Time leaves its marks, not only in 
growth and deterioration, materially, but also in the realm 
of religious life and activity. 

Like all churches there have been the "up and down" 
periods in the life of this church. At one time there were 
well over on hundred and twenty members. Now there are 
thirty-eight. However, in the past six and one-half years 
there has been a marked progress in a number of ways. 
Let's look over the church building first. 

The church building has a new roof; new siding shingles; 
the inside rejuvenated — floors and walls; an organ, library 
table, music stand, lights, and oil furnace added — all of 
which means that nearly $2,000.00 was expended on these 
improvements. Visitors comment about the neat appear- 
ance of both the inside and outside of the building. 

The church lawn consists of one-fourth of a block of 
land, with trees on two sides. The public school grounds 
adjoin our property. Just last summer and fall the Lord 
sent us funds enough to purchase eighty hymn books. 
Sometimes we marvel at how God works and moves among 
His people. 

Now — the home of the preacher. In all the years prior 
to our coming, the church had no "church home" for the 
minister; they had to rent, and some even had to live in 
the country, or at Centerville, ten miles away. But several 
years ago the congregation bought a property consisting 
of seven rooms and six lots, with beautiful shade trees on 
two sides. The house was repaired and remodeled, till now 
it is almost modern — closets, cabinets, home water sys- 
tem, lowered ceilings, oil heat, etc. The total cost of all 
this was nearly $2,000.00. Thanks to many friends, and 
with praises to the Lord, the church "owes no man any- 
thing." 



Now there is a goal ahead — an annex to the church 
building. We still add to our building fund each month — 
some day we will have enough for real action. Won't that 
be grand! 

The attendance this winter, so far, has been ahead of 
former like seasons. During our hospitalization and illness, 
the laity took care of the morning services, and we had 
guest speakers in a few Sunday evenings. Rev. Charles 
Munson, our National Youth Director, being one of them. 
We are able to assume the pulpit duties now, but cannot 
be out on the field much. We are gaining strength and hope 
to be more active by springtime. 

We will observe World Day of Prayer at our church. 
This is a worthy field. We have had a great deal of joy 
in the work here. The church has had her losses and we 
have also had gains which are commendable. 

It is just thirty-six years ago that we came to this field 
— then new in the ministry, but full of zeal, and — lacking 
knowledge. So after two and a half years, it was college 
for four years — then in pastoral work in Indiana, Ohio, 
Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. This period is our "second 
round" at Udell. Some day we will be "on the shelf," or 
retire — which latter we would like to do. Then we pray 




the Lord that He will raise up a man to take over the 
work and press onward and upward. The Mission Boards 
have been so wonderful in helping carry on. With their 
help we shall be able to realize other goals. 

We thank our Brethren and friends in remembering us 
in prayer through the convalescent days — so many cards 
and letters — over three hundred of them. We can't answer 
all of them, so we say, "God bless you all, and in His 
name." 

— Udell, Iowa. 



Just one Letter — The law of the Lord is perfect, con- 
verting the soul : the testimony of the Lord is sure, making 
wise the simple (Psa. 19:7). "Just one little letter of the 
alphabet makes all the difference between us now," said a 
recently converted young woman to an unsaved neighbor 
who could not understand the great change that had come 
over her. "You love the world, and I love the Word." — 
God's Revivalist. 

Christ crucified calls for love; Christ exalted calls for 
faith; Christ returning calls for hope. 



MARCH 4, 1950 



PAGE NINE 



Travel Flashes 



Dr. Charles A. Bame 



Across two Centuries 

Quite inadvertently, yesterday, I traveled a distance I 
never had compassed before. Around the poem by Long- 
fellow, "A Psalm of Life," my mind kept me in ambulant 
turmoil : 

'Lives of great men all remind us, 
We can make our lives sublime, 
And, departing leave behind us, 
Footprints on the sands of time." 
Around that sublime thought I had planned to weave 
the course of my sermon during this Birthday month — 
the birthday of three of our beloved and heroic presidents. 
Much disturbed by the treason, deception and lying in high 
places, just now being revealed, I had contemplated that 
out of the "red herring era" I'd try to help us to think 
what good men can do by right living — heroic and suf- 
fering leaders like Washington, Lincoln and William Hen- 
ry Harrison, all of whose birthdays come in the snowy, 
icy, chilly, slushy month of February. All this to be but- 
tressed by the great fact of the Holy Scriptures that "he 
hath left us an example that we should follow" after — 
no, not after — but "in His steps," and that it connotes 
heroism, suffering, denial and sacrifice. For there is great 
truth in another verse by Lord Lansdowne: 

"Since truth and constancy are vain, 
Since neither love nor sense of pain, 
Nor force of reason can persuade, 
Then let example be obeyed." 
Thus I took mental excursion to find a text and uncov- 
ered so many that I was lost again in an effort to choose 
the correct one. 

Discovered ! 

The favored one was from Acts 22:28, where the great 
Paul compelled the naturalized Roman Lysias, to say, 
"With a great sum obtained I this freedom," and the proud 
reply of the Apostle, "But I was free born." But I had 
used that text but one year before. So, that was out, even 
though I held to the idea that it was worth repeating, and 
the other one that perhaps none of my hearers would have 
ly used it. Of course there was the real heart of the en- 
remembered anyway, (or cares less) that I had so recent- 
tire subject in the saying of the Master, in John 8:36, "If 
the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed"; and 
the other by Paul to the Galatians (5:1) — "Stand fast in 
the liberty wherewith Christ hath made you free." Real 
Christians contemplate both, much. 

Ah! Liberty! 

That's the line! Let me discover the origin of liberty 
and I have found the most compelling secret of life and 
happiness. For liberty, Christians have been called. Gala- 
tains 5:13. We are to stand fast in it — Galatians 5:1. We 
are to be jealous of it, but to beware lest it become a 
stumbling block to others — I Cor. 8:9. And if we look into 
the perfect law of liberty and continue therein, we shall 
be blest in our deeds — James 1:25. 



The Liberty Bell 

So, 1 had entoured to get my inspiration and theme. It 
was a happy tour and I traveled with the best of holy 
company. More than once I have stood and pondered at 
the wonderful bell in Town Hall in Philadelphia and gazed 
at it in awe and happy entrancement, fondled with the 
thought that here was a bell with a purpose; for on it 
was cast, by an act of the city council, the first great text 
of the Scriptures on Liberty: "Proclaim liberty through- 
out all the land and to all the inhabitants thereof." Levit- 
icus 25:10. 

Four times they cast that bell in England, and twice 
in America and always with the inscription that has meant 
more to the world than any other pronouncement save those 
of our Lord and the Apostles concerning that other free- 
dom: "If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free 
indeed." John 8:36. Strange indeed and almost prophetic 
that it should have cracked in its final tolling at the death 
of John Marshall, who laid the foundations of American 
jurisprudence and whose wise counsel was not always fol- 
lowed by other men who sat in his august place. 

Hallowed Be That Example 

For lack of space, let me commend Leviticus 25 to all 
my readers. Even the land was to be free each fifty years 
and all slaves and prisoners also. What a beginning lib- 
erty did have! What an exodus, in most of the world to- 
day! Get ready for something, my dear people; this cannot 
last. With the wickedest nations keeping slavery and cre- 
ating excuses for the bondage into which they deceivingly 
lead unsuspecting peoples; with the mightiest nations 
spending one-fourth of their galling taxes (filched by con- 
cealing it in hidden taxes) for war and world destruction, 
we may be sure that catastrophe is ahead to sinners and 
hypocrites and traitors, all. 

The New Testament and America 

Biblically, Liberty is almost exclusively a New Testa- 
ment word. Jesus and Paul were the great apostles of it. 
Other New Testament writers used it sparingly, if confi- 
dently. Isaiah (61:1) made the prophecy and Jesus said 
at Nazareth, quoting the same, "this day is this Scrip- 
ture fulfilled in your ears." Luke 4:21. It is Christ who 
gives liberty and He alone. Only as people, individuals, 
groups, states, nations, follow Him will liberty eventuate. 

Again, "He hath left us an example that we should fol- 
low in His steps." I Peter 8:21. 

American Documents 

In this study I made .a new appraisement of the docu- 
ments of our early history. The first of course, was the 
"Mayflower Compact," signed November 11, 1620, before 
landing on our soil, and it began, "In the name of God, 
Amen." It was a covenant for "the glory of God, and ad- 
vancement of the Christian faith ... in the presence of 
God and of one another . . . covenant and combine our- 
selves together ... to enact, constitute and frame such 
just and equal laws, acts, ordinances, constitutions and 
offices . . . for the general good of the Colonie." So were 
they all to 1643, and even the Declaration of Independence 
acknowledged the Creator as the Endower of inalienable 
rights, including "life, liberty and the pursuit of happi- 
ness." 

Earlier documents had used the tem, "Life, liberty and 
property." Thank God for America. Sure, but let us be sure 



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that we "follow in His steps" who set us free and do our 
utmost to persuade others to embrace Him with whom we 
all have to do, perhaps sooner than we think. His will shall 
prevail. "All that live Godly in Jesus Christ shall suffer 
persecution. But evil men shall wax worse and worse, de- 
ceiving and being deceived . . . the holy scriptures are 
able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which 
is in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 3:12-17. 
Moral 
Let Burke, the English author, speak to tell us a final 
word: "But what is liberty without wisdom, and without 
virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; it is folly, 
vice, madness, without tuition or restraint?" Or our own 
great orator, Danied Webster: "God grant liberty only to 
those who love it, .and are always ready to guard and de- 
fend it." Or, Thomas Jefferson, who said, "The God who 
gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time." Or, dare 
we ask it now? with Patrick Henry, "Give me liberty or 
give me death." Oh, with the author of this message, "In 
Christ Jesus we have both life and liberty." 

Items of General Interest 

i Continued from Faere '1 ■ 

Gratis, Ohio. Revival services are now in progress at 
the Gratis church. Brother Virgil Meyer of Nappanee, In- 
diana, is the evangelist. 

The pastor's study has received some attention, with 
the installation of a new Duo-Therm Oil heater. 

Smithville, Ohio. Plans have been completed for the 
Union Holy Week services in Smithville, with surrounding 
churches cooperating, services being held from April 2nd 
to 7th, with the service in our church on April 5th. 

The church recently gave an offering of $140.00 to the 
Bible Meditation League, when Dan Falkenberg supplied 
the pulpit. 

Oakville, Indiana. The Oakville congregation recently 
adopted a new constitution. This constitution has been in 
the course of drafting for some time by a special com- 
mittee appointed for the purpose. 

Peru, Indiana. The World Day of Prayer was held in our 
church on Friday, February 24th. 

The W. M. S. Public Service was held on Sunday morn- 
ing, February 19th. Mrs. J. M. Bowman, wife of the Peru 
pastor, and Second Vice President of the National W. M. S., 
brought the message on "Opportunities for Service." 

Loree, Indiana. The annual W. M. S. Public Service was 
held on Sunday evening, February 12th. A missionary play, 
"Converting Dad to Missions," was a special feature of 
the service. 

Sundry improvements are still being made at the Loree 
church — New rubber tile in the vestibule and on the stair- 
ways; another class room added; new kitchen sink and 
cabinets; numerous wall outlets put in, and a new heater 
coil. They still keep at it. The work was largely done by 
the membership. 

Brother Higgins reports that there were 116 present at 
the annual Oyster-Chili supper on February 6th. 

Lanark, Illinois. The Junior and Senior Sisterhoods 
sponsored both the morning and evening services at the 
Lanark church on Sunday, February 12th, having Rev. 
Carson Freemont as their guest speaker. 



The Senior W. M. S. had charge of the morning service 
at Lanark on Sunday, February 19th, with Brother D. C. 
White, Milledgeville pastor, as guest speaker. 

Nappanee, Indiana. On Monday night, January 30th, 43 
men attended the Laymen's dinner meeting which was 
served by the W. M. S. 

A group of 34 from the Nappanee church attended the 
Elkhart revival on Thursday evening, February 2nd. 

Brother Meyer, Nappanee pastor, says, "It happened! 
We needed extra chairs. There were 43 in attendance at 
our midweek service." 

While Brother Meyer is absent holding an evangelistic 
campaign in our Gratis, Ohio, church, (February 27 to 
March 6) the guest speakers will be: March 5 — Miss Janet 
King of Elkhart, Indiana; March 12— Brother E. M. Rid- 
dle. 

Goshen, Indiana. We quote from Brother Ronk's Goshen 
bulletin of January 29th. "The men's brotherhood painted 
the walls. The stairways, the main hall and the third floor 
halls certainly look different." 

Quoting again from the bulletin of February 5th: "The 
parsonage committee is busy drawing up perspective 
sketches for the 'proposed new' parsonage. The lot is nar- 
row but is by far the most desirable location for the min- 
ister's home." 

Huntington, Indiana. A note from Brother Gilmer reads 
as follows: "The men's chorus of the Huntington church 
will give a sacred concert in the home church on Sunday 
evening, March 5th, at 7:30. One feature of the program 
will be our seven piece orchestra. 

We note that the Intermediate class, taught by Mr. Earl 
Kreiger, had a record attendance of 18 recently. The 
Huntington Sunday School has averaged 72 since April 
1, 1949. 

A Junior Brotherhood was organized on Saturday Jan- 
uary 28th. A Senior Brotherhood has been in existence for 
some time. A special meeting for men and boys was held 
at the church on Tuesday evening, February 14th, with 
Brother Carl E. Kreiger speaking on the subject, "Lay- 
men in Bible Times and Our Times." 

The Brethren Youth filled the choir loft on Sunday eve- 
ning, January 29th, with 23 young people present. 

Brother Gilmer reports the baptism and reception into 
the church of two more members which, he says, "makes 
eight since the middle of December." 

South Bend, Indiana. We note from the South Bend bul- 
letin of February 12th that the church is considering the 
remodeling of the pulpit, the altar and the organ con- 
sole, which will greatly beautify and make more attrac- 
tive the worship services of the church. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. The Public Service of the Milledge- 
ville W. M. S. was held on Sunday, February 19th, with 
Dr. L. O. McCartneysmith as the guest speaker. 

The Milledgeville church joined with the other churches 
of the city for the World's Day of Prayer on Friday, Feb- 
ruary 24th. 

Waterloo, Iowa. Word from Brother Spencer Gentle, new 
Waterloo pastor, tells us that they are "about settled in the 
parsonage and that the people are making it nice for 
them." They found the cupboards filled with canned food, 
and other necessities of life. A reception for the new pas- 
tor and family was held on Tuesday evening, February 
14th. 



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The revival is scheduled for March 6th to 19th. These 
services are to be conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Harry 
Richer of Peru, Indiana. 

Mulvane, Kansas. A card from Brother Wilbur Thomas 
reads as follows: "Greetings: Everyone doing fine here. 
The church is still progressing by the help of God and the 
faithful and loyal members. We are planning on our spring 
revival for April 2nd through the 16th. Rev. Albert Whit- 
ted (a home town boy) of Smithville, Ohio, will be our 
speaker. We had 82 at Sunday School and 78 for Church 
on the 12th, with many sick at home with mumps and 
other causes." 

Carleton, Nebraska. Brother Oberholtzer says that the 
church school has provided an electric clock and has also 
provided beautiful curtains for the choir rostrum. The 
bulletin board has been repaired and placed in operation 
again. A service of dedication for these and the new church 
carpet was held on January 22nd at the morning hour. A 
number of repairs were made by the local men. With the 
new carpet and the repairs all made, the church now pre- 
sents a fine appearance. 

On February 19th the churches of Carleton joined in an 
observance of "Race Relationship Day." A group of stu- 
dents from McPherson College, consisting of a Samoa boy, 
a boy from Iran, a girl from Italy, a negro grl, and a 
507r American Indian girl, participated in the discussion. 
A fellowship dinner followed. The service was held in our 
church. 

Manteca, California. The editor received one of the bul- 
letins from the Manteca church and found considerable in 
it that is worthy to bring to your attention. The bulletin 
says, "Last Sunday, February 5th, was a great day. Bible 
School attendance — 112. Two confessions and a goodly 
number at the baptismal services in the afternoon. An- 
other souls made confession at this service. Four were 
baptized. There were 80 present for the evening service, 
and at this service two united with the church by rela- 
tion. 

On Tuesday, February 14th, the B. F. C. held a dinner 
and program, with a free-will offering taken to help the 
Bereans buy a much needed pump for Camp Berea. 

The Mid-week prayer service runs in the neighborhood 
of thirty-five. 

The Manteca Choir gave a musical program at Thorn- 
ton on February 16th. 

Stockton, California. We note that Brother Charles 
Johnson, Stockton pastor, has been conducting the ser- 
vices during the last three weeks in February at the Ju- 
venile Detention Hall. 



. Office Gleanings 

(Continued from page 3 1 

is, "Have you sent in your order?" The Youth Quarter- 
lies are already off the press and the Adult Quarterlies 
in the process of paging. We will be compelled to charge 
postage on orders for the Brethren Adult Quarterly re- 
ceived after March 10th, for we cannot mail on our weight 
permit on individual orders sent out after our mailing date 
of March 15th. 



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LINWOOD, MARYLAND, HAPPENINGS 

"Inasmuch as others have taken it in hand to report 
the status of the work in their bailiwicks, it seemed wise 
to me to make a like effort." "Procrastination" is said to 
be, "the thief of time," and that failing has kept me from 
an earlier exercise of the duty of reporting. So, Evange- 
list readers, here I come. 

While we have not made any startling advances, we 
may say that we have not been entirely idle. In every con- 
gregation there are cycles of activity in the various de- 
partments of the work, and just now the Linwood group 
has a dearth of "teen" and "Senior" aged youth, and 
church leaders will understand what such a condition 
means in the work of the Sunday School. The Sunday 
School maintains an average of a fair percentage of its 
enrollment in attendance on its sessions, while the attend- 
ance at the worship services each Sunday has been gain- 
ing slightly during recent weeks. At the January business 
meeting the pastor received a call for another year of 
service with the congregation. 

Operations and prolonged illness have made their in- 
roads upon the work of the church here. Four major op- 
erations and one case of prolonged illness have had their 
effect upon our work, in the enforced absence from ser- 
vices of those who are directly affected and then upon 
their families to some extent in caring for the afflicted. 
Am happy to say that all the operations seem to have 
been successful, and those who have been faithful attend- 
ants are back at their places again. The calls of the various 
Boards of the denomination have been presented to the 
people as they have come, and response of some worth 
has been made in each case. To accelerate the interest in 
Missions, a Madam Ayako Tokugawa, Japanese student 
at nearby Western Maryland College, was secured to ad- 
dress the congregation — under the auspices of the W. M. 
S. — on February 19. We are looking forward to the Easter 
season and a week of special services, with the pastor 
leading. 

The Annual Homecoming services, last October, brought 
the Hon. Theodore R. McKeldin, former Mayor of Balti- 
more, to speak at a Sunday afternoon gathering, and Rev. 
Freeman Ankrum, from nearby St. James pastorate as 
the evening speaker. This Annual observance is always a 
"high light" in the work of this congregation. Mr. Mc- 
Keldin has spoken at these occasions for more than twen- 
ty years, and Brother Ankrum was welcomed as a former 
pastor of the church here. 

The Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons were duly ob- 
served. At the Harvest Home gathering, a bit prior to 
Thanksgiving, the pastor and wife were presented with 
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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

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Topic for March 19, 1950 

EVERY CHRISTIAN WINNING OTHERS 

Scripture: 1:40-42, 45-49; Acts 8:26-39 

For The Leader 

WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING you did after you 
went forward and accepted Christ as your Saviour? 
Was it just a "mere incident" in your life like signing up 
to go to school ? Did you feel any different ? Did you 
forget all about it until the time of baptism, and com- 
pletely about it since? There is the story of Jesus upon 
His return to heaven met the angel Gabriel. After account- 
ing for His time on earth, Jesus was asked by the angel 
as to what plans He had for carrying on the work He had 
started. That is. His plan to continue the gospel message. 
Jesus is supposed to have told the angel that He had left it 
in the hands of eleven disciples. To the angel's question 
of, "What if they fail?" Jesus is supposed to have replied, 
"I have no other plans." Had the eleven disciples taken 
the attitude that the great percentage of Church people 
have taken today, none of us today would ever had heard 
of Jesus Christ, nor His saving power. We must be con- 
cerned about winning others to Christ. 

DISCUSSION 

1. HOW MUCH ZEAL? Our first scripture passage to- 
night shows what happened when a man found Christ. 
What did he do ? Did he go home, almost ashamed of him- 
self for being such a "sissy" in Church for going forward 
at the preacher's insistence? Did he try to apologize to 
his friends, or try to hide the fact that he had "joined 
the church?" No, Andrew, the man in question, after find- 
ing Jesus and accepting Him, went first and found his 
brother Simon Peter. But did he suggest that he would be 
a better man if he would come to church? No! He said, 
"We have found the Messiah." Yes, Peter, we have found 
the Saviour. But that is not all Andrew did. He brought 
his brother to Jesus. How much zeal do we have when 
it comes to winning others to Jesus Christ ? Do you pos- 
sess the zeal that Andrew had ? If you do, your church will 
top all Brethren Churches in new converts this year! 

2. CONVINCING THE HESITANT. It is not always 
easy to just speak to a person about Christ and expect 
them to go 100% for Christ. We must pray a lot about 
them and be patient with them. But not to the point where 
they rather expect us to ask them, but not to '"push" the 
question. That is fatal. When Philip was speaking to 
Nathanael we find the candidate hesitant. Nathanael tried 
to question Philip about this Jesus. Philip knew it was 
useless to argue or try to convince. So he told Nathanael 
to "come and see." Yes, come and see Jesus, the Saviour 
among men, on the cross, in the tomb, and on the resurrec- 
tion morn. When people are hesitant, what should we do? 
Tell them to "Come and see." But how can they see Jesus 
now? He's in heaven. Ah, yes, but we have His written 



word. "Come and see, and read to them the Holy Scrip- 
tures. Here's where a fair knowledge of scripture helps us 
in our personal work. And remember, too, that there can 
be no argument with scripture. That is your surest weapon. 

3. FOLLOWING THE LEADING OF THE LORD. So 
much of our failure in winning others to Christ comes 
not alone from our inactivity, but in the wrong methods 
when we do act. Winning a soul to Christ is not just going 
up to a person and speaking to him just because you prom- 
ised yourself to speak to a lost soul each day. Bear in 
mind that we are the gospel carriers for Jesus Christ. 
Bear also in mind that the Holy Spirit is back of soul win- 
ning work. There .are no souls actually won to Christ. The 
Spirit has spoken first to the soul and convicted him of his 
sin*, and of his need of Christ. Our part comes in being 
the actual "word" messenger to him. First, though, we 
must pray for the Spirit's leading. In praying for an indi- 
vidual, bear in mind that we can prevail upon the Spirit 
to convict that person of sin. Thus we must pray much 
for him and for the Spirit's leading. Next we must be 
ready to follow the Spirit's leading. Philip, we note in 
Acts 8:26, heeded the angel of the Lord. When he followed 
in the will of God he was successful as a soul winner. 
Close communication with Him, prayer, zeal and concern 
for the lost will put us on the road to intercept many lost 
souls. 

4. ARE THERE MORE? We once heard a man make 
the statement to the effect that he didn't know where they 
were going to get new members for his church. The people 
who were going to church already belonged to some church 
in the town. And those who weren't going, just weren't 
church-minded. So, in view of such a statement we could 
well ask ourselves if there are more people to join our 
churches! That is silly to even give it a second thought. 
Of course, there are more. Countless thousands, yes, mil- 
lions of people are yet without Christ. Our neighbors, 
school chums, other members of our families. Don't ever 
let anyone hear you ask the question, "Are there more?" 
Our job is to patiently win them. 

5. MAN HOURS AVAILABLE. Isn't it true that when 
you want some clean-up job, supper, etc., done at the 
church you can get people to devote days and days of 
time to it? The place looks spick and span as a result. 
But, put on a soul-winning, visitation campaign, and no- 
body but the preacher has any time to help. Of what value 
is a spic and span church if souls are dirty? If we are 
willing to spend days and days cleaning up the material 
church, should we not be just as willing to devote days 
and days to seeking the lost for Christ? The business of 
the church is winning the lost to Christ. All that is ma- 
terial round about us, the church, its equipment, etc., will 
eventually return to dust and be lost. But a soul saved for 
eternity will shine forever. So, young and old, alike, let's 
be sure we are making our hours available to our Pastor 
and church for the purpose of winning others to Christ. 



A good, helpful sermon on Sunday acts like a shoe horn, 
it eases one into the mold for the pathway ahead. It 
soothes the inner lining and comforts the soul. 



Tests show that a temperature of ( 
is most conducive to mental activity. 



degrees fahrenheit 



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'rayer meeting 
Studies 

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COWARDS IN THE PULPIT 

Afraid to warn the wayward youth, 
Afraid to preach the burning truth, 
Afraid to cross man's crooked path 
Lest he should stir the devil's wrath: 
Afraid to preach against the wrong 
Because it's practiced by the throng: 
Afraid to preach in thunder tones 
Against the wicked on their thrones. 

So many compromise today 
For pulpits large and lots of pay; 
For praise of men, both great and small, 
Though God may frown upon it all; 
Y,es, compromise with Satan's fleet 
That they may live on easy street, 
While souls are going down to Hell 
Where they in agony shall dwell. 

pulpit coward, turn unto God 
And go the path our Saviour trod, 
Lest you should lose your precious soul 
And fail to reach the heav'nly goal, 
Along with those you failed to win 
From paths of wickedness and sin, 
To Christ Who died to set men free 
From sin and all its misery! 

— Walter E. Eisenhour. 

PREACHING A DIVINE NOMINATION 
Scripture: Acts 20:26, 27; 1 Peter 3:14-16 

TIE OFFICE OF PREACHING is a divine appoint- 
ment (2 Tim. 1:11; Rom. 1:10). Its preparation should 
be steeped in prayer (Acts 1:13, 14). It should be Holy 
Spirit empowered (Acts 1:8; Psa. 62:11). As an ambas- 
sador the preacher is told by the Word of God what to 
preach (Jonah 3:2; Matt. 28:18-20). His preaching theme 
should be Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). It is a 
ministry of reconciliation and persuasion (2 Cor. 5:18, 19, 
20). 

Herein is a great responsibility: ."like people, like 
priest" (Isa. 24:2). The minister is bidden to preach the 
whole counsel of God (2 Tim. 4:1-5; Acts 20:20, 24, 26, 
27). Otherwise, he could not count himself innocent of the 
blood of the lost and the ruin of mistaught and untaught 
believers. All Scripture must be taught because all Scrip- 
ture is "profitable" (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). 

While the preacher should be brotherly in his attitude 
toward all men, he must please his Lord rather than man 
(Acts 4:19, 20). He must be willing even to displease men 
if necessary in order to please God (James 4:4). John the 
Baptist preached plainly at the price of his life, prefer- 
ing to please God rather than Herodias. In Galatians Paul 



withstood the Judaizers. Paul was rough with Elymas 
the sorcerer (Acts 13:8-12). He withstood Peter to his 
face (Gal. 2:11-14). 

It is easy to neglect unpopular subjects such as bap- 
tism, feet washing, woman's place in the church (1 Tim. 
2:11, 12; 1 Cor. 14:34, 35), bobbed hair (1 Cor. 11:1-16), 
woman's submission to her husband (Eph. 5:22, 24; 1 
Peter 3:1, 2), modest attire (1 Peter 3:3, 4; 1 Tim. 2:9, 10), 
the blood atonement, eternal punishment of impenitent sin- 
ners, repentance, sin, worldliness, etc. Blessed is the 
preached who refuses to cut the corners of his conscience 
in order to fit into modern thinking (Luke 6:26)! Forget- 
ful of self, the preacher is promised a great reward for 
being persecuted (Luke 6:22, 23; 2 Tim. 2:12; 3:12). The 
world's true benefactors have a price to pay (1 Cor. 4:9, 
10; 2 Cor. 3:12). Pray for all God's ministering servants! 




Qomments on the Lesson by the Cditor 



Lesson for March 19, 1950 

THE FAITH THAT SUSTAINS THE CHURCH 

Lesson: Acts 26:19-23; Rom. 5:1-8; Heb. 12:1-2 

WHEN JOHN WROTE his first epistle to the churches 
he did it to encourage them in their advancement 
in spiritual things. This letter was a general epistle and 
was meant for all Christians then and those to come after 
them. In the fifth chapter of this lesson, verses 4 and 5, 
we find these words: "For whosoever is born of God over- 
cometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh 
the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the 
world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?" 

These verses, although they are not included in our les- 
son text, seem to give us the basis of the "faith that has 
always sustained the church," and always will sustain it. 
Coupled with these verses we can well link the words 
written by St. Paul, as he says to his spiritual son, Tim- 
othy, "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded 
that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto 
him against that day." (The words of the Golden Text 
for today.) 

We would do well to note that Paul does not say, "I 
know about him whom I have believed," but he says, "I 
know whom I have believed." In other words he has be- 
come so well acquainted with his Lord, that he is able to 
say, "I know Him." We all know about Him, but do we 
really know Him? 

Paul had a genuine faith. He was one that really "be- 
lieved God." What is it that keeps the church going today? 
Is it a mere feeling that it is the right thing to do to 
"belong" to some church — to have one's name on the church 
roll ? About the only church roll that amounts to much 
anyway, is the one kept by the "Recording Angel" who 
sees all our thoughts and deeds and marks down, not al- 



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ways the overt act, but the intent of the heart. The re- 
cording secretary of the church may have your name and 
mine written in bold letters on the page in the church's 
record that tells of our membership in the congregation. 
But if that's the only place it is written — well, what's the 
profit ? 

When Paul writes to the Romans, as recorded in our 
lesson text, he says, "Therefore, being justified by faith 
..." When we come to that word, "therefore," it is quite 
essential to look backward and see from whence the con- 
clusion about to be stated. Beginning at Abraham (in 
chapter 4) Paul shows that faith is an essential quality 
of life. Because Abraham "believed God" it was imputed 
to him for righteousness, and Paul concludes his argument 
(4:23-25) with these words, "Now it was not written for 
his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us 
also, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord 
from the dead; who was delivered for our offences, and 
was raised again for our justification." 

"Justified by faith," Paul says, "gives peace with God" 
through Jesus Christ. It is that peace that the church seeks 
for — the peace that passes human understanding. It is 
that faith that keeps the church going, sustaining it in 
its every act and purpose; being persecuted at times by 
the world, but coming out unscathed, because of that un- 
dying faith embodied in the members of the church. 

Now read the last two verses of the lesson — Hebrews 
12:1-2 — lay aside the weight and sin, and with patience 
press toward the goal, always remembering that the prize 
at the end of the race is to be found with Him, who gave 
His all to sustain and order His church. 

newTTroivT our churches 

(Continued from page 11) 

a fine gift of food — canned goods, fruit, vegetables, etc., 
etc., etc., so that there has been plenty of viands on the 
pantry shelves ever since. And at Christmas time the pas- 
tor was presented with a generous "purse," so that the 
relations between pastor and people can scarcely be less 
than pleasant. 

The W. M. S. is not large in numbers, but carries on the 
projects of the organization in due order. The Bible study 
and Mission study books are being reviewed, and some 
local interest in the Mission Study was aroused by the 
appearance of Madam Toguwa on February nineteenth, 
giving facts about Japanese life and customs and exhibit- 
ing some of the dress of Japanese women, showing the ex- 
quisite needle-work of Japanese seamstresses. Madam 
Tokugawa stressed the new freedom that Japanese women 
are enjoying under American occupation and the new laws 
that have been established. Our women are very fortunate 
to have beein able to secure the speaker for the first en- 
gagement that she has filled since coming to the United 
States last Septmeber. 

We have attempted to observe all the "Holy Days" of 
the year as they have appeared in their turn. Joined again 
in a Community D. V. ,B. S. at nearby! New Windsor dur- 
ing the summer, and then quite recently cooperated in a 
Leadership Training School with the neighboring congre- 



gations of the Church of the Brethren. We enjoy very fine 
fellowship with these brethren. Our communion service 
last fall was becomingly spiritual and well attended. The 
Young Married People's class of the Sunday School pur- 
chased a duplicating machine for the use of the church, 
and the pastor is making a valiant effort to master the 
manipulation of the "critter" so that he can produce Bul- 
letins that will be readable as well as presentable in ap- 
pearance. The people are looking for the Bulletins each 
Sunday. The Easter season is fast approaching, and after 
that the summer schedule is soon upon us again, with the 
D. V. B. S., Children's Day, District Conference, and sand- 
wiched in between them all vacations. So the year rolls 
around, with each month presenting its problems. Linwood 
craves your prayers, that we shall prove true to our trust, 
and "labor till the Master comes." Dyoll Belote. 

CARLETON, NEBRASKA 

Perhaps there are some who are wondering what the 
church in Carleton is doing. We cannot claim to have 
achieved much that is unusual or wonderful, but we can 
testify to continued endeavor and the blessing of God 
thereon. "Satan has hindered us" in ordinary ways and 
with difficulties peculiar to local conditions and circum- 
stance, but we are encouraged with the assurance that 
"God's grace is sufficient" and that " we can do all things 
through Christ, who strengthened us." We know that 
nothing is achieved without sacrifice and effort. There- 
fore, trusting in God for help and guidance, we patiently 
and persistently press forward, realizing that our Lord is 
more concerned about our faithfulness than the results 
of our endeavors. Some progress has been made, especially 
in spiritual growth, which gives promise of a deeper in- 
terest, better attendance, more willing and active ser- 
vice and more generous giving. 

Our Rally Day and Home Coming were combined and 
observed with a forenoon and afternoon service, with a 
delightful co-operative dinner and fellowship at noon. We 
had no guest speaker, but the services were well attended. 

Our autumn love-feast and communion service was pre- 
ceded by one week of preparatory services, conducted by 
the pastor. During the week two former pastors of this 
group, Miss Emma Aboud and W. R. Deeter, with his wife, 
happened to be visiting in this vicinity. Yielding to our 
entreaties, each of them gave us an inspiring and helpful 
message. The love-feast on the Lord's Day evening was a 
joyous occasion. 

Union Thanksgiving Day services were held in our 
church, the pastor of the Church of the Brethren deliver- 
ing the sermon. Special Christmas services were also ob- 
served in season. 

One of our very fine young ladies, Miss Naomi Dudgeon, 
was married Jan. 15, with a very impressive church wed- 
ding. The bridegroom was Mr. Allen E. Betty, a former 
resident of Carleton and a schoolmate of the bride, a very 
fine young man. 

An achievement, which has cheered our hearts very 
much and rejoiced many others in this community, is our 
recent purchase of new and beautiful carpet for the sanc- 
tuary of the church, which now covers the pulpit rostrum, 
the choir loft, the aisles and one of our class rooms. The 



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entire cost of the carpet and the labor required to lay it 
was $560, which has been paid in full. The initial gift of 
$200.00 was made by brother John W. Miller before his 
decease in December, 1947. Other gifts and funds were 
added occasionally and when the final solicitation was 
made in January the necessary amount was soon raised. 
An impressive dedication service was held January 22, 
which included the dedication of a new electric clock. 

Laying the carpet required some repairs and other prep- 
arations. Snow that had blown into the attic had melted 
and released some of the ceiling plaster. A group of our 
church men built a scaffold and replaced the plaster. 
When it had dried another brother and his wife repapered 
it and others gave the sanctuary a thorough cleaning. The 
parsonage also needed repair. A leak in the parsonage 
roof had released plaster in the ceiling of the dining room, 
which our men repaired. Also, removing the old wainscot- 
ing and the crumbled plaster beneath it, they replastered 
the walls. When all had dried, a group of our women came 
and repapered the dining room and cleaned both the kitchen 
and dining room and laundered the curtains. It was all a 
fine expression of deep and sincere interest. 

Our Laymens Organization, which was organized last 
April, is still going, but not too strong. Our W. M. S. and 
S. M. M. are flourishing and striving to meet their goals. 
Our church school attendance has kept up quite well, es- 
pecially in the Children's and Young People's depart- 
ments, but we have had especially favorable weather and 
roads this winter. Continue to pray for us. 

H. M. Oberholtzer, pastor. 

NEW LEBANON, OHIO 

Greetings to all: 

Already having a good start in the New Year, with 
many plans in our minds to be carried out, may we not 
fail to look back over the past year and see what God has 
done for us. I am sure we each have many blessings to 
count. 

God has been good to us in many ways. He has carried 
us safely through the past year. All praise and glory goes 
to Him, who doeth all things well. May it be that in His 
will the year 1950 may be a happy and prosperous one. 

The past year has been an active one, both for the 
Church and Sunday School, as well as for all other or- 
ganizations of the church. All departments are holding 
their own, and even making progress. The Children's De- 
partment has done exceptionally well, with not much sick- 
ness. Our favorable weather has added to the attendance. 

Our Christmas program was given on Sunday evening, 
December 25th. Also on the morning of the same day a 
candle light service was given by the Sunday School and 
Church. Sunday evening services are not attended as they 
should be. Seems that most people feel one service a day 
is sufficient. Therefore other things take the place of 
worship. 

Rally Day was held in October, the Guest Speaker be- 
ing Rev. C. C. Grisso, a former pastor of New Lebanon. 
Needless to say, the presence of both Rev. and Mrs. Grisso 
was much enjoyed. Meeting old friends revives the fellow- 
ship and may God bless their labors wherever they may 
be. 



The Laymen have been reorganized and ready to go to 
work. The Woman's Missionary Society is also an active 
group. 

Our minds are now turned to the evangelistic meetings 
which will be held the first two weeks in March. Rev. E. J. 
Black of our Bryan, Ohio, church will be the evangelist. 
Cottage prayer meetings are being held in preparation for 
these meetings. May we solicit your prayers in behalf of 
the work at New Lebanon, and especially for the unsaved 
and indifferent ones of the community. We are trusting 
that great things may be done for the Lord. 

Anna Cashour, Cor. 

WATERLOO, IOWA 

Rev. and Mrs. Spencer Gentle and family arrived in 
Waterloo, Iowa, on January 31st, and are now nicely set- 
tled in the parsonage. 

On February 5th, Rev. Gentle was installed as pastor of 
our church by Rev. George T. Ronk of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 
who preached the morning sermon. 

On Tuesday evening, February 14th, the congregation 
held a reception for our new pastor and family in the 
church parlors. Various departments of the church and 
Sunday School welcomed them and gave them the time of 
the meetings and the officers of the various organizations. 
Following this a program was given. A love offering was 
presented to the Gentles. A kitchen shower of groceries 
had been held previously, and was in the parsonage when 
they arrived. 

After being without a resident pastor for three months, 
we are very happy to have the Gentles here. With every- 
one working together we are hoping to accomplish God's 
will. 

Mrs. Earl Klingaman, Co. Sec. 

WEST ALEXANDRIA, OHIO 

We of the West Alexandria, Ohio, Brethren Church, 
wish to report. 

The Lord has been blessing the work here in every way. 
The average Sunday School attendance stays around the 
one hundred mark, with the morning worship attendance 
about eighty, and the evening service around forty. The 
prayer meeting attendance shows about twenty-five each 
week. We count this good, and we are also happy to see 
new faces in our congregation from Sunday to Sunday. 

We are also happy to report our Youth Group on the 
march for the Lord, with about fifteen active members. 
This group has as their project, a Solovox for the church 
piano. And may I say that they are really working at it. 
This group has two meetings a month, on the first and 
third Wednesdays. 

The West Alexandria church also has a church basket- 
ball team, which has won three out of the four games 
played at this writing. 

Notice concerning the error in the announcement in the 
Evangelist with reference to p our revival dates was made 
recently. Brother Floyd Sibert held our meeting, a report 
of which will soon be made. The meeting began on Febru- 
ary 12th and closed on February 26th. 

H. R. Garland, pastor. 



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Ashland College News Letter 

By Arthur Petit 



Plans for May Day on May 20 are going forward at 
Ashland College, with the committee headed by Miss Mil- 
dred Furry, Dean of Women, meeting regularly. Several 
students are preparing a pageant for presentation to the 
queen who has not yet been chosen. The fact that the 1949 
queen, now Mrs. Dallas Gardner, withdrew from college 
last spring makes it necessary to elect a senior to crown 
this year's queen. 

The committee is proceeding with plans .to have a reun- 
ion of the May queens this year with each former queen 
an honorary attendant to the 1950 queen. This will be in 
addition tp the regular queen. The last preceding reunion 
was in 1935. 

The honor roll for the first semester of 1949-1950 has 
been released. A number of students known to Brethren 
churches are listed. They include: Stanford Amstutz, 
Smithville; Carolyn Bixler, Ashland; Dana Hamel, Cone- 
maugh, Pa.; Jean Heck, Hagerstown, Md. ; Lyle Lichten- 
berger, Elkhart, Ind.; John Lindower, Ashland; Margaret 
Neighbors, Oak Hill, W. Va.; Joseph Schultz, Berlin, Pa.; 
Lavenia Stoffer, Homeworth, Ohio; Robert Stoffer, Home- 
worth; Gerald Wissinger, Falls City, Nebr.; Doris Hart, 
Washington, D. C; Helen Shank, St. James, Md.; Robert 
Adams, Conemaugh, Pa.; Harold Barnett, Lost Creek, 
Ky.; Muriel Boardman, Ashland; Lois Coleman, Milledge- 
vills, 111.; Donovan Garber, Mansfield; Lowell Gardner, 
Nappanee, Ind.; Doris Gilbert, West Alexandria, Ohio; 
Doris Guenther, New Lebanon, Ohio; Joanne Hanna, Mil- 
ledgeville, 111.; Hazel Anne Linn, Ashland; Margery Long, 
Orrville, Ohio; LaVonne Maust, Waterloo, Iowa; Mildred 
Moore, Marianna, Pa.; Joanne Selby, Dayton, Ohio; Lewis 
Smith, Elkhart, Ind.; Charlene Tracy, Twelve Mile, Ind.; 
and George Schamel, St. James, Md. 



A self-pitying self is a pitiable self. 




BAKER. Mary L. Baker, daughter of Aaron and Sarah 
Ellen Moss, was born in Grant County, Indiana, and 
passed to her reward in North Manchester, Indiana. She 
was the mother of five sons. Her husband, Elmer Baker, 
passed on two years ago. She was a long-time member of 
the North Manchester Church. She loved her church, be- 
friended her neighbor, and heard the call of the Master 
unafraid. Services by the undersigned. 

Charles A. Bame. 



ELLIOTT. Mrs. Hannh Hufford Elliott, daughter of the 
late David and Susannah Grable Hufford, was born Au- 
gust 12, 1870, in Washington County, Penna., and passed 
away on February 8, 1950 at the home of her daughter, 
Mrs. Hazel Proudly of Pittsburgh, Penna. Twice married, 
she leaves one daughter and one son, Theodore Briggs; 
two sisters, a brother, six grandchildren, and two great 
grandchildren. She united with the Highland, Penna., 
Brethren church in 1894. Funeral services were held in 
Pittsburgh. 

Mrs. Mildred M. Dague. 




CRANE-KIDWELL. On Friday evening, February 3, 
1950, Miss Ida Mae Crane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
James Crane of Picardy, Md., and Glenn H. Kidwell, son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Kidwell of Paw Paw, W. Va., 
were united in marriage by the undersigned, using the 
single ring ceremony, in the First Brethren Church of 
Cumberland, Maryland. 

Bruce C. Shanholtz. 

WEIMER-BRANT. We had the privilege and pleasure 
of uniting in marriage, Lawrence L. Brant and Hazel 
Jean Weimer, at the Vinco, Penna., Brethren Church, on 
Saturday, December 24, 1949. The groom is the son of 
Fred W. Brant, well known Layman and Boys' Brother- 
hood worker of Berlin, Penna., and the younger brother 
of the undersigned. We pray God's richest blessing to rest 
on this couple. 

W. B. Brant. 

BALTZER- WOLFE. Miss Jean Louise Baltzer, daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Burton B. Baltzer of Oakland, Penna., 
became the bride of the Rev. D. Richard Wolfe, pastor 
of the Third Brethren Church of Johnstown, Penna, on 
Tuesday evening, February 14, 1950, the ceremony being 
performed in the Homestead Avenue Evangelical United 
Brethren Church. Rev. W. G. Hawk, D.D., pastor of the 
church, performed the double ring ceremony by candle- 
light. 

Mrs. Paul Meredith was matron of honor and Ralph 
L. Wolfe, was his brother's best man. The Ushers were 
Paul Meredith, Danny Lee Wolfe, brother of the groom, 
and Burton B. Baltzer, Jr., brother of the bride. 

A reception was held in the church social rooms. The 
couple will reside in the Brethren parsonage, 186 Spring 
Street, after their return from the honeymoon. 

Mrs. Wolfe is a graduate of Dale High School and 
Windber Hospital School of Nursing. Rev. Wolfe, a son of 
Mr. and Mrs. Omer J. Wolfe of South Bend, Indiana, is 
a graduate of Ashland College and Seminary. He became 
pastor of the Johnstown Third Church somewhat over a 
year ago. 





The Lenten Season 

Elizabeth Read 

Let me keep Lent; 

Let me not kneel and pray, 

Forget some trifle every day, 

Fast . . . and take sacrament . . . 

And then 

Lend tongue to slander, hold ancient 

grudge, deny 
The very Lord whom I would glorify. 
Let me keep Lent; 
Let my heart grow in grace, 
Let thy light shine till my illumined face 
Shall be a testament 
Read by all men 

That hate is buried, self crucified — new 
• born 
The spirit that shall rise on Easter morn. 



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Items of general Interest 



Washington, D. C. Brother Clarence S. Fairbanks, Wash- 
ington pastor, reports the recent reception of six new 
members into the church. 

The Laymen's League, which serves its regular turn 
at the Central Union Mission, had charge again last week, 
with Brother Guy Tamkin as the speaker. 

Brother Fairbanks says that during the month of March 
a greater emphasis is being laid on their evening services, 
with Youth Night, Missionary Night, and Laymen's Night 
being stressed. 

St. James, Maryland. The Laymen of the St. James 
church were the guests of the Boys' Brotherhood on Mon- 
day night, February 27th, at which time Brother James 
Ault, pastor of our Hagerstown Church, was the guest 
speaker. 

On Friday night, March 3rd, the 4H boys were host to 
the 4H girls at the church. There was recreation and re- 
freshments. 

We are sorry to learn of the automobile accident which 
befell Miss Mary Alice Ankrum, daughter of Brother and 
Sister Freeman Ankrum, on Tuesday night, February 
21st. An X-ray showed an injury to three vertebrae. The 
accident hospitalized her for at least ten days in the Union- 
town, Pennsylvania, Hospital. .Brother Ankrum says that 
the specialist assures them she will be back to her normal 
health in about two months. 

Johnstown, Penna., III. Brother D. R. Wolfe, pastor, an- 
nounces special Easter services from April 3rd to 6th. The 
services will conclude with their Communion service. 

Berlin, Penna. Brother Robert Hoffman, who was re- 



cently installed as pastor of the North Georgetown, Ohio, 
Brethren Church, (succeeding Brother Spencer Gentle, who 
recently became the pastor of our Waterloo, Iowa, Church) 
is a product of the Berlin church, as is also his wife, the 
former Rae Musser. Berlin has furnished many workers in 
the field of the ministry and Christian work. 

We learn from Brother Percy Miller's Berlin bulletin 

that the dates of the Pennsylvania District Camps were 

recently set by the District Sunday School Board, as it met 

on Saturday, February 4th. The dates are as follows: 

Young People's Camp — July 2-9 

Junior Camp — July 9-14 

Union Sunday evening Lenten services are being held 
in Berlin. .Brother Miller was the speaker on Sunday eve- 
ning, March 5th, his subject being, "The Compass of the 
Cross." This service was held in the Lutheran Church. 

Meyersdale, Penna. Brother W. S. Benshoff announces 
that Brother Willis E. Ronk, pastor of our Goshen, Indiana, 
Church, will be the guest speaker at Meyersdale on Sun- 
day, March 12th. Brother Ronk served as pastor of this 
congregation from 1927 to 1935. 

We note that the fund for the new carpet, which pro- 
ject was sponsored by the Bethany Bible Class of the Sun- 
day School, is nearing completion. March 5th saw the first 
service in the Sanctuary since the completion of their re- 
decoration program. 

Pittsburgh, Penna. The Pittsburgh Church has planned 
a reconstruction program which will cover a three year 
period, at an estimated cost of about $4,500.00. Recently 
tile was donated for the church kitchen floor. One by one 
they will find these items in their reconstruction program 
checked off. 

On March 19th at the evening hour, a program will be 
rendered at the Pittsburgh church by the Saturday Eve- 
ning Men's Chorus from the Rankin Christian Center, a 
Negro Choir with a fine reputation for good music. 

Evangelistic services are scheduled for April 2 to 9, with 
the choir rendering their Easter Cantata on the evening 
if Easter Sunday. 

New Lebanon, Ohio. Evangelistic services at the New 
Lebanon church, with Brother E. J. Black, of .Bryan, Ohio, 
as evangelist, have been postponed because of coal short- 
age. 

A goal of an attendance of fifty has been set for the 
regular prayer meeting services at New Lebanon. Brother 
Berkshire is working to this end. 

A delegation from the New Lebanon church attended 
the revival services at West Alexandria on Friday evening, 
February 24th. 

Louisville, Ohio. The Sisterhood presented their Public 
Program on Sunday evening, February 26th. 

Brother John Byler says that there were three car loads 
of young people from the Louisville Youth Organization 
who attended the Northeastern Ohio Brethren Youth Rally 
at Ashland on Saturday, February 25th. 

We quote from the Louisville bulletin of February 25th, 
"The church and Sunday school want to thank Mrs. Eshel- 
man and her brother for the fine upholstering on the chairs 
in the front of the church. The chairs were purchased 
with a contribution from President William McKinley." 
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MARCH 11, 1950 



PAGE THREE 




THE QUIET HOUR 

DURING LENT more than at any other time or season 
of the year, it seems that the thoughts of Christian 
people the world over, are turned toward prayer and the 
reading of the Word. While there is some reason for this 
stressing of the idea of the Hour spent with the Lord in 
Prayer and Study, each day, yet the Christian should be 
so steeped in the very elements of such a life that it 
ought only be thought of as a deepening of the applica- 
tion of principles already in constant effect. This is real- 
ized by every one who has tried it out, for 

There's a satisfying power 

To those who will but spend one hour 

In quiet thought and meditation, 

Seeking to gain inspiration 

At the feet of Jesus. 
If Jesus thought much was to be gained by a quiet hour 
spent with the Father, it ought to point His followers to 
the same kind of relationship. 

How much we can gain by a study of Jesus' prayer life. 
Is it so strange to read that "in the morning, rising up 
a great while before it was day, He went out and departed 
into a solitary place and there prayed" (Mark 1:3), or 
does it make us marvel at the time He spent in prayer? 
In Like 6:12 it is written, "And it came to pass in those 
days, that He went out into a mountain to pray, and con- 
tinued all night in prayer to God." Some things need to 
be prayed for for a long time; some only need to be re- 
ferred to the Father for His solution. 

R. A. Torrey once said, "Nights of prayer to God are 
followed by days of power to men." There are no set rules 
as to the length of prayers, or about what we should pray. 
Some prayers are long when they are short; and some are 
short when they are long. 

But prayer should be such a part of the individual that 
he should feel that he is always in the presence of God; 
that he can contact God in every crisis of his life without 
having to go on a long search for Him; that he can lift 
up his soul in prayerful thanksgiving and praise, without 
any preliminary explanation of the cause of the appre- 
ciative expression. 

We need to be so steeped in the language of the Word 
that we can meet every temptation as did Jesuts in the 
wilderness, by being able to use the "Sword of the Spirit, 
which is the word of God," with telling effect. There is 
no temptation that can stand in the face of even one "it 
is written." 

Prayer can make the busy life seem less busy — not that 
it lengthens the hours of the day, but that it makes pos- 
sible the better accomplishment of the tasks in hand, be- 
cause the soul is calmed and the mind better alerted to 
do the duties of the day. 

In the stressing problems of His last days on earth, 
Jesus knew how to meet them, for He told His disciples 
to "sit here while I go yonder and pray." Jesus was trium- 



phant on Calvary the next day because He had already 
won the battle in the Garden of Gethsemane on His knees. 

Yes, prayer and the study of the Word will solve many 
problems that, on the surface, seem utterly incapable of 
solution. This has been tried and has been proven. Don't 
you think it would be worth while to 

Think it over! 



Office Gleanings 

By The Editor 



Additional Publication Day Offerings 

Five more churches have sent in their Publication Day 
Offerings since our last report. Several others have come 
in in addition to the above five, but since they have not 
been tabulated and turned to the business office we are 
holding them for our next report. The following have 
been properly credited: 

Milford, Ind. Brethren Church and Sunday School $59.51 
Highland, Penna., Brethren Church and Sunday 

School (Mariana) 23.25 

Maurertown, Virginia, Brethren Church 7.00 

Huntington, Indiana, Brethren Church 19.00 

Linwood, Maryland, Brethren Church 22.00 

The above report brings the number of churches sending 
in their church offerings to a total of 52 for the denom- 
ination, divided by districts as follows: Southeastern — 7; 
Pennsylvania — 13; Ohio — 12; Indiana — 14; Central — 2; 
Mid- West — 3; Northern California — 1. This means that 
just less than one-half of our churches have sent in their 
offerings, since we carry 108 churches on our lists, as 
reported by General Conference records. 

If the remaining churches will do as well as those which 
have reported we feel that we will be able to reach our 
goal of $5,000.00. Let's get the offerings in to the Pub- 
lishing house as soon as possible. 

Another Help for Program Builders 

We have received for review, a brand new book, "52 
Short Devotional Programs for Youth and Adults," by 
Katheryn Knos, published by The Standard Publishing 
Company. We have found it one of the most helpful books 
to be found in the preparation of either special adult or 
youth services. 

It contains programs for each of the special days of the 
year, and carries many special features, such as, short 
pageants, poems, helps on suggested themes and scrip- 
ture selections. There are also many seed thoughts which 
are most valuable to program builders. This book of 216 
pages, sells for $1.75, and is well worth the price. Order 
from The Brethren Publishing Company, Ashland, Ohio. 



PAfif- FOLK 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Tli, 




THE UNIVERSAL ENGLISH DICTIONARY defines 
the Prophet as, "a person inspired and directed by 
God to announce His will to men." 

As such the Prophet is a man of original insight. He is 
an authority, a source. He does not quote precents. Fancy 
a group of men looking out over a landscape. They see a 
winding stream crossed by a rustic bridge. Close at hand 
are beautiful meadow lands. Beyond this is a forest and 
in the background a mountain. The farmer says to his 
friend, "What an opportunity for successful agriculture.'' 
The artist thinks to himself, "How charming, I must put 
that scene on canvass," while the lover feels that under 
a moonlit sky it is a place to stir the tenderest emotions. 
Ihe lumberman looks at the forest and thinks of it in 
terms of building, while the geologist wonders what treas- 
ures may be hidden away in the towering mountain. Each 
has viewed the rural scene from the standpoint of his own 
personality and has found a Truth which especially ap- 
pealed to him. Each finding was original. 

The Hebrew Prophets came from varied spheres of life. 
Elisha was a prosperous farmer; Amos, a shepherd of 
Judea; Isaiah, a citizen of Jerusalem; Micah, a Judean 
Villager; Jeremiah, a youth from an ancient family, and 
Ezekiel, a priest of the temple. 

The unifying characteristic of this group is that to each 
there came an overmastering conviction that through him 
God had something special to say to His people and that 
he must declare it. Each, under Divine inspiration, saw 
for himself what God had revealed to him. 

The Prophet also exalts the moral and spiritual above 
the formal, the ceremonial and institutional. 

Listen to God as He speaks to His chosen people through 
the keen eyed Isaiah, "Bring no more vain oblations; in- 
cense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and 
Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; 
it is iniquity even the solemn meeting. Your new moons 
and your appointed feasts my soul hateth; they are a trou- 
ble to me; I am weary to bear them." Then follows, "Come 
now let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your 
sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though 
they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Here the 
prophet was pleading for spiritual life as over against 
the mere ceremonial. 

Then turn to Micah, where he says, "Will the Lord be 



ission 

of the Vrophet 



pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousand 
rivers of oil ? Shall I give my first born for my transgres- 
sion, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?" Then 
the prophet defines religion by saying, "He hath showed 
thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require 
of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk 
humbly with thy God?" Here again we have the spiritual 
exalted above the ceremonial. The institutional tends to 
stiffen into that which cramps and hinders the develop- 
ment of life. How true this was in the Pharisees of Christ's 
day. Ceremony had largely smothered out the life that be- 
longed to Judaism at its best. Thus Christ the greatest of 
the prophets, by denouncing Pharisaic formalism, teaches 
t'at form is valuable only as it ministers to spiritual life. 

The prophet is likewise the voice of the national genius. 
The flower of its development. We are led to inquire, 
"What is genius?" It may be thought of as a remarkable 
aptitude for some special pursuit. Lowell puts it well when 
he says, "Talent is that which is in a man's power; genius 
is that in whose power a man is," which is only another 
way of saying that the proper command and use of one's 
power may be classed as talent, but a genius is one under 
the power of some controlling passion. Such was Bacon 
in the realm of philosophy; Newton in the study of gravi- 
tation; Shakespeare in his dramas; Milton in his poetry, 
and Handel in his music. So the Prophets were obsessed 
with their message. They were under the compelling power 
of a great conviction that led them out from the narrowly 
national to world-wide application of principles. In this 
way they were more forthtellers than foretellers. In the 
days of Samuel, schools of the prophets were instituted, 
in which young men were trained in the law, in music 
and sacred poetry to fit them as public teachers of relig- 
ion. They were as well, ardent patriots. 

The root and stem of a plant each have their necessary 
function, but it is the flower that commands attention, as 
the climax of its growth. So in the Prophets we find Old 
Testament Hebrew life at its best. Paul in enumerating 
the gifts, offices, and power of the church, places Proph- 
ets next in rank to the Apostles. 

The Prophet was a messenger but not an administrator, 
and as the Christian church became more highly organ- 
ized, the essentials of the prophetic office were embodied 
in that of the minister. The genuine Prophet always em- 
phasizes truth which deals with the ultimate intention of 
life, truth which af films that life is a great thing; a 
glorious entity with a career beyond itself, and not some- 
thing which falls to the earth and stays there; but having 
God over it as a protecting and guiding Providence. This 
means God's entrance into the unceasing contention be- 
tween soul and sense, between spirit and flesh, between 
goodness and appetite, between time and eternity. The 



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Prophet pronounces the doom of a wrong order and pro- 
claims the promise of a new and better day. That was 
what Joel and Amos did. But the hope for better things 
must be based upon a true repentance. 

Hosea's exhortation is very touching and beautiful. 
"Come and let us return unto the Lord, for he hath torn 
and he will heal us, he hath smitten and he will bind us 
up." A consideration of the Hebrew Messianic hope does 
not come within our present purpose. In the days of Christ, 
people protested on the laissez faire basis. 

Let a man go out into the world today with a passion 
for righteousness and a determination to see it applied 
to the social, business and political life of our time and 
he is met with decided opposition. 

John Wesley, the Prophet of Methodism, had to con- 
tend with mobs, intent on personal violence, but he wouM 
not be turned aside from his mission. The Prophets have 
always been persecuted when they made a clarion call for 
reformation. The prophetic note is needed today. 

A minister was once accused of being a different man 
in the pulpit than he was out of it. The accusation drew 
this reply, "That is the effect on the man in the pew. I 
know he is listening sharply to hear if what I say is what 
lie wants to hear. I have to pay attention to him, because 
if he hears that with which he cannot agree, he will cut 



down his contribution. I might endure that for myself and 
even for my family, but there is the whole work of the 
church to suffer, both home and foreign missions; there 
are many persons besides myself involved." 

True, this seems to be a problem, but is he solving it 
aright? Surely the average intelligent and devout layman 
who sits in the pew and remembers that his minister is 
the ambassador of God, would not assume the responsi- 
bility of thus handicapping his church and God's Prophet 
by any such attitude. 

A man from the street recently dropped in to hear an 
outstanding preacher, and upon coming from that service 
said, "That man speaks with Authority," which meant 
that the minister concerned felt sure that he had a mes- 
sage from God and that he had delivered it with unction 
and also a note of certainty. There was reality about it. 
If the church is to maintain her place as the conscience 
and moral leaven of our civilization and thus speed the 
establishment of Christ's kingdom, the modern prophet- 
must be clear visioned, courageous and uncompromising 
for God. 

The True Prophet is still "a person, inspired and directed 
by God, to announce His will to men." He is God's Man. 

— D. E. Martin. 



thirteen Revival Essentials 



IN THIS TIME OF REVIVALS it is well to look over the 
relationships that exist and the essentials necessary in 
the conduct of such meetings. Too often these are for- 
gotten or neglected until the meetings are almost upon 
us, then in the hurry and bustle of preparation, there are 
some of these essentials that are not made use of. 

These thirteen essentials should be kept in mind, not 
only in the preparation time, but throughout the entire 
course of the meetings. 

1. A spirit that is holy. This of couse, not only means 
that all should be under the guidance of THE Holy Spirit, 
but that there should exist within the individuals a holy 
spirit — a spirit that will motivate all activities, and that 
will realize that the work must be undertaken solely for 
the glory of God. 

2. There must be a forbearing spirit. Not a spirit of 
criticism concerning those who are absent. Neither should 
fault be found with those in attendance. Be thankful for 
those that do come, and never scold sinners. 

3. There mus,* be a praying spirit. Prayer is the force 
that makes for genuine revival. Remember that "Satan 
flees from the weakest saint upon his knees." Pray often 
and in secret. Do not grudge the time spent in prayer,, nor 
grow weary in your intercession for those who are with- 
out Christ in their hearts. 

4. There must be a working spirit. This is the spirit that 
will send you out after the man who needs you the most. 
It will prepare you for the message each night. It will fill 
you with energy, push, fire, and zeal. 



5. There mus* be a self-denying spirit. Deny yourself 
all things — yes, everything that will hinder you or divert 
your mind from the one work of the day and hour. Fast- 
ing will help — for when one fasts he is brought to the 
place where, when hunger comes, he will realize the rea- 
son for his fasting and will be forced to his knees in 
prayer. 

6. There must be a burdened spirit. Someone has said, 
"Only when Zion travails are souls born into the king- 
dom." Men must want men to be born again, and want it 
enough to do something about it. 

7. There must be a persevering spirit. Set your stakes 
and stay by them. Never give up. Remember that God is 
NEVER defeated. It may not come as you desire, but it 
will be answered in God's own way. As God never gives 
up, man should follow in His train. 

8. There must be a trus'ing spirit. God must be taken 
at His word. Take hold on His promises, comply with the 
conditions, and then expect the fulfillment of those prom- 
ises, not alone in your own life, but in the lives of those 
for whom you pray. 

9. There must be a bold spirit. Sin should always be de- 
scribed as sin in its worst form. Call things by their right 
names. Do not gloss over sin for the sake of making 
friends. Tell the truth. Set forth the great doctrines of 
sin, punishment, regeneration, and clean living following 
the change that must come. Seek to so speak that men 
may be pricked in their hearts and -say, like those who 
listened to the sermon of Peter, "Men and brethren, what 
shall we do?" Do not flinch. Do not cringe. Do not com- 



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promise. Have holy confidence in what you set forth as 
your message, whether it be from pulpit or pew. So de- 
clare it that men will believe that you believe it. You are 
God's ambassador. Deliver the message He gave you. Let 
Him have the opportunity to use His own power in the 
message. 

10. There must be a persuasive spirit. Beg, exhort, en- 
treat, with every are and device at your command. Study 
to find a way to the sinner's heart. Hold Jesus up as the 
mighty Saviour. Persuade your fellow-man to accept Him. 
Do not argue, nor do not waste time where there is no 
conviction. Do not try to do the work of the Holy Spirit, 
which work is to bring conviction to men. But exhort and 
persuale. 

11. There must be a loving spirit. Look at your fellow- 
man as you do at your own brother. Love him as your 
own brother. See how sin and degradation have injured 
and defaced him. He is a wreck because of being overcome 
by the devil. Think of his end if he is not rescued from 
his terrible plight. Help him up and out of the slough of 
despair. Remember that he is blind and cannot see. Be 
eyes to him. Be a new will to him. Go to any straits to 
show him that you love him. 

12. There must be a praiseful spirit. Praise the Lord 
for the victory that is to be. Shout the victory cry before 
you can see the end. Above all things else we must remem- 
ber that it is God that deserves the praise, not man. Re- 
member that Jesus said, "Without me ye can do nothing." 

13. Over and above all, one must have The Holy Spirit. 

It is He that leads and guides and admonishes. It is He 
that takes our prayers and translates them into the lan- 
guage of God. His presence is the most important factor of 
all. 

Read these thirteen essentials again and see that not 
one of them can be neglected. All must be found in the 
congregation, both as individuals and collectively. 



Travt I Flashes 



Dr. Charles A. Bame 



Land, Ice or Sea? 

The northern half of Indiana is a land of variety, change 
and interest. Of course native Hoosiers believe that one 
needs not to halve the state to say the same things; but 
it is not too true as to all of the points above made. Trav- 
eling from Indianapolis north, one passes so many lakes, 
bogs, sand hills, small clumps of trees and, of course, 
over the famous Wabash River, which has made the head- 
lines many times in this strange winter — or was it win- 
ter? 

Four times our Wabash (only four squares away from 
where 1 sit) has become angry and uncontrollable; for, 
while the course has been straightened through our city, 
it has gone far out of its banks, caused as many as thirty 
families to move out of their engulfed houses and what 
one man told me was worse, he had to move thirty rab- 
bits every time to save their lives and his boy's invest- 
ment. 



Famous in song, story and legend, this river is not al- 
ways something to sing about. But what is? Who is? How 
else would we have ever evolved the proverb: "Take the 
bitter with the sweet," or believe "in this world ye shall 
have tribulation!" 

And that's what these families have to do and what we 
all have to do in the affairs of life; for who would have 
thought that we would so soon be sorry that the great 
discovery of the release of the power of the atom bomb 
would backfire with a world full of fear? Even the dis- 
coverers seem to run from their discovery as they resign 
from places of prominence and great salaries. 

"Fear Itself" 

The late F. D. Roosevelt made himself famous with his 
"straw" flung to a fearful world that "the only thing we 
have to fear is fear itself." But that did not still the basic 
"fear itself." Faith is the only offset for fear and we do 
not originate it or hatch it out or work it up. It must 
come from some basic grounded courage that comes only 
when we have found security, safety and peace in the Giver 
of it. Romans 10:17; Ephesians 6:16; Hebrews 2:4. 

Revivals! 

Anent this subject is the outbreak of stirring revivals 
and confessions of sins of all kinds and sorts in various 
placet in our country. The explanation that satisfies is that 
they come — not from sources one expected — the play- 
minded, sinful parents who have flung faith to the dis- 
card and recklessly given us ageneration of confused youth, 
horrible, devastating outlook for peace that has had to 
youth, from the youth themselves who are facing the most 
horrible, devastating outlook for peace that has had to 
be faced by any generation since the inexplicable times 
of the tyrants and warlords. In other words, they face 
the possibility of being "blown to atoms" if or when the 
next war comes and they are not so blind that they be- 
lieve they can be saved from eternal wrath, but by "get- 
ting right with God" while it is yet day. Acts 2:38; He- 
brews 2:3; I Peter 1:5, i). That is the best explanation I 
have yet heard; and it is a bright spot in a darkened 
world. 

Lost ! 

Were you ever really lost? I was. When but a young- 
ster, less than a mile from my home with my older and 
bigger, stronger brother. We went fishing to grandmoth- 
er's woods. We were in sight of both her and grandfather 
Bame's farm and buildings. I could see them and my 
brother argued and plead with me to straighten up; but 
I could not. I was lost and lost for sure! I can feel it yet 
in my heart. I cried and pleaded until brother took me 
back past all the landmarks into mother's bosom. "I was 
lost, but now am found." I could well have sung then with 
mother. We never cast a line either, that day. 

Lost Again! 

We were traveling on a foggy day and had taken a by- 
pass around one of our cities. We drove and drove and 
were getting nowhere; all was strange, dismal and foggy. 
We argued and wondered and finally, to make sure we 
were not going wrong, we got our compass and it showed 
that we were going exactly the wrong direction. We had 
the travelers' bible (compass) but I would not believe it. 
Then, strange as it really is, we stopped a man (an entire 



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stranger) and asked him which way we were going. And 
the compass was right! It was plain unbelief, no less than 
they who have the Bible and do not go by it or even try 
to find out what it says. Psalm 119:105. 

A Thief! 

Who ? I ? Would you believe it ? Now don't quit read- 
ing until I tell you the how of it. We had traveled across 
a distance of sixty-five miles of this diversified part of 
our Indiana and got about all the kinds of weather, as 
well as landscape and had finished a fine repast in one of 
the nicest places to eat of which I know. I had worn my 
newest overcoat and, coming out of the dining room, had 
not been as careful as I should have been. We got into 
our car to get nearer the place we had traveled to see, 
to find a place to park our car. I got out, and so did Lady 
Bame; locked the car and put my keys into the pocket 
of the gray overcoat and, of .all things, it had slash pock- 
ets and mine had not! There were keys already in the 
pocket to a car that was not my own; they were from 
another city. It was not my coat!!! 

Now What? 

It was the noon hour and now, we were six blocks away, 
traffic terrific. I decided that the quickest way was to run 
back to the place, rather than try to risk stoplights, po- 
licemen, and who or what not, with our car. But they were 
long, long blocks. How would I find the owner of the coat 
so near like mine and where ? Would he have the police- 
man after me and a reward offered for the man who had 
taken his coat with his gloves and auto keys? Even if 
he were ordinarily kind and considerate, would he be that 
way when he found the man who had what was not his 
own ? How many things one conjures up in a time like 
that. 

Finally I arrived back and as I approached the rack 
where we had hung our coats, a man said softly, "I be- 
lieve I am the man you are looking for." Meekly I said 
with a kindly look, "I hope so." "Well," he said, "I do 
not blame you, for I had your coat on and was out on 
the street before I knew it was not my own. This one had 
straight pockets, and my keys were not here, and I ex- 
pected you to be back soon. It's all right." Ah, me! What 
a sweet, welcome, lovely word was that! 

"It's All Right" 

Some time we'll be short at another judgment unless 
we have gotten "right also" before it is too late. Who 
makes no mistakes? Who can boast what none have been 
able to claim before, as he faces the Judge of all the 
earth? Had I not rushed back to face the other fellow, 
consequences might have been sadly worse. It is to be so 
at the last one we meet. Mark 16:15, 16. If we are to hear 
His "well done," we must "fix it up" with Him when He 
want it done. We must face the fact that we are sin- 
ners and become "saved by grace." Romans 10:9, 10. 
NOW! Hebrews 3:13. "If we confess our sin he is faith- 
ful and just to forgive our sin and to cleanse us from all 
unrighteousness." I John 1:9. If we are ashamed of Him, 
He'll be ashamed of us; Mark 8:38. If we deny Him. He'll 
deny us. Matthew. 10:33. Face up now! 

— Wabash, Indiana. 



^e4&tutio*t4. Recently 'Pcu&ect Sy 

Forasmuch as there is widespread confusion concerning 
the actual meaning of "Temperance," and 

Whereas, the American people, despite a slight decrease 
in alcohol sales last year, are still consuming 132% more 
of beer and 400% more of hard liquor, per capita, than 
during the early period of repeal; and 

Whereas, many of the great TV and radio chains will 
undoubtedly accelerate the 40% crime increase through the 
glamorous use of suggestive wet dramas; and 

Whereas, The Temperance Forces of America are now 
convinced that victory over the evils of alcohol must be 
obtained through creative Christian action, Now, There- 
fore 

Be It Resolved, by the members of the National Tem- 
perance and Prohibitive Council, 

First: That we and all of our cooperating agencies, un- 
equivocally take our stand for total abstinence, and de- 
clare this to be the true definition of Temperance; 

Second: That while we welcome the full and fair revela- 
tions of science on the actions of alcohol in the human 
body, we charge our people to remember that the scientific 
a d physiological aspects of this narcotic drug must be 
interpreted in the light of their ethical and moral effects 
upon men and society; 

Third: That we request all denominations to agree upon 
some annual day of commitment, when the people of every 
faith shall be challenged to take this high ground of per- 
sonal total abstinence; 

Fourth: That we heartily commend those States and 
Colleges which are establishing Departments of Alcohol 
Education, and urge that a systematic plan of education 
be adopted in all the Public Schools of America, thus us- 
ing every possible means of so impressing the facts of 
alcohol upon the consciousness of men that our youth may 
be enlisted in new adventures of wholesome living; 

Fifth: That we heartily commend the rapidly increasing 
number of courageous Ministers whose congregations are 
receiving fearless and positive presentations of Truth con- 
cerning the Christian's attitude and action toward alcohol. 

Sixth: That we encourage every participating member 
of the National Temperance and Prohibition Council to re- 
new emphasis upon the importance of, preparation for, 
and effective follow-up of World's Temperance Sunday. 
C. R. Hooton, Chairman 
Edward B. Dunford. 



The rapture is the "blessed hope" of the Church, full 
of the sweetest comfort. 

For I have sorrowed, and I understand 

To speak the freeing word; how sure the hand 

Must move if it would give true sympathy, 

And I know silence often can release 

The tension in the heart and bring it peace. 



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PAGE EIGHT 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Mother and Son On A. C. Honor Roll 

Both are members of the North Georgetown! Church 




Mrs. Paul Stoffer and Her Son, Robert 

Courtesy "The Ashland Collegian" 



Like mother, like son. It is un- 
usual for a mother and son to be 
enrolled in the same college, but 
when both study for an entire 
semester and are awarded all "A" 
grades for the peroid, it is most 
unusual. 

Mrs. Paul Stoffer and her son, 
Robert, of Homeworth, Ohio, are 
both on the highest honor roll with 
the best possible grades at Ash- 
land College the first semester of 
this year. They are the third and 
fourth respectively of their fami- 
lies to matriculate at Ashland. 

Upon his graduation from Alli- 
ance High School in 1945, Robert 
started his education at Ashland. 
A series of events including a term 
in the Army delayed his education. 
Meanwhile his father was fatally 
injured in an accident in an Alli- 
ance industrial plant. 

Mrs. Stoffer, upon the death of 
her husband, returned to her orig- 
inal vocation, teaching, attending 
college in summers. This fall she 
accepted the position of house 
mother of the Senior House and 
enrolled for a full course in ele- 
mentary education. 

All this leads to the point of t'..e 
story. Both Mrs. Stoffer and her 
son are "tops" as scholars. Robert 
is looking forward to graduate 
study in science next year, while 
his mother has one more year to 
qualify for the degree of bachelor 
of science in education. Ellen and 
Tom, Mrs. Stoffer's older children, 
were also honor students at Ash- 
land. 



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THE DATE OF GENERAL CONFERENCE 

Many people are beginning to wonder and enquire 
concerning the date of General Conference. Confer- 
ence will be held as usual at Ashland, Ohio, on the 
Ashland College Campus. The dates are August 
21 to 27. This will be the last full week in August. 
The date is set at each conference time. 

Clarence S. Fairbanks, Executive Secretary. 






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PAGE NINE 



Our Poet's Corner 



CDart's Inglorious Seat 

H. A. Gossard 

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He 
will lift you up." James 4:10. 



The thrones from which all foul contagions rise 
And float from mind to mind with ill effect 
Will, when the Sovereign Ruler of the skies 
Takes charge by right, end while the kings object. 

That used by kings as power will pass away; 
That called a throne will be but wood and stone; 
That which was seated there will he hut clay 
That held the soul so long to evil prone. 

When God rules not within the human heart, 
Oppression is the act from man to man. 
When man lets God direct, then every part 
Becomes a blessing in each human plan. 

If INHUMANITY from man to man 
Were made a foe by each, and unto each, 
HUMILITY would work a noble plan 
To drive the devil out, so God could teach. 

— Lanark, Illinois. 



By Charles Emory Byers 



Our Challenge 

Mrs. Elmer Ebbinghouse 

When our boys fought and died, 
In their battle with greed, 
We hoped that our land 
From its chains would be freed. 

But have we forgotten 
Our heroes so soon, 
That we let greed enthral us 
And threaten our homes? 

Let's gird on the armor 
For right, while it's time; 
And work with our might 
For the things that are fine. 

Then, when over yonder 
Our boys we shall see,. 
We'll be worthy their tribute — 
"You didn't fail me." 

So with God's assistance 
Let us work, watch and pray; 
'Till our country at last 
From greed is set free. 

— North Manchester, Indiana. 



Strength is born of struggle; faith of doubt; 
Of discord law, and freedom of oppression; 
We hail from Pisga with exulting shout 
The Promised Land below us bright with sun 
Ere toil and blood have earned us the procession. 

— Bayard Taylor. 

NO SPECTACLE is more pitiful than that of a weak- 
ling. Every weakling gains that unenviable status by 
inaction and pure laziness. Likewise it is .action and strug- 
gle that make a man strong and capable. With the suc- 
cessful accomplishment of each succeeding task he be- 
comes stronger and more confident that he can do the next 
better and with greater ease. Thus the burning truth that 
strength is born of struggle. 

This is true in all walks of life. Whole species of plants 
and animals have gained their ascendency over others be- 
cause of constant struggle. The eye and talons of the eagle, 
the tooth and claw of the tiger, the strength and agility 
of the stag, are a few examples of this law. 

In man it expresses itself in countless ways. Demos- 
thenes, the Greek, stuttered when he was a child, but by 
a masterful struggle he overcame his defective speech and 
hwame the world's greatest orator, as well as a mighty 
power in Greek society. Henry Ford struggled in a barn, 
too poor to pay his rent, on his gas engine and automo- 
bile. His struggle rewarded him to such an extent that 
he has blessed all America and taught his name to half 
the globe. The story of Henry Ford offers a close paral- 
el to a man who preceded him on the American industrial 
stage, Andrew Carnegie. 

The burning truth is that every man who really has 
succeeded at anything has struggled for that success. If 
he got it in any other way it is not really his. When a man 
attains his goal by struggle he has a double reward: He 
has possession of the thing sought and greater strength 
for still higher goals. 

It is an unfailing law of life that exercise of a physical 
or mental endowment strengthens it. The right arm of the 
blacksmith after ten years of labor is tremendously more 
capable of greater tasks during the next ten years. It is 
likewise true in the mental world. Memory and reason- 
ing powers are increased by struggles in those directions. 

This truth carries other suggestions: Man works up to 
faith through a struggle with doubt, he makes his laws 
through a series of vexing discords, and he is driven to 
freedom by unbearable oppression. 

Thus man is destined to gain a higher plane through a 
series of struggles that make him a strong and capable 
creature. 



One glittering blade of divine truth is mightier than all 
the weapons of darkness. 

If God tells you to reckon, He pledges Himself to make 
the reckoning good. 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Items of General Interest 

I Continued from Page 2 1 

Bryan, Ohio. The Bryan Laymen are again on the move 
— plans are made for a monthly calling campaign, when 
the men will go out two by two to win prospective mem- 
bers and call upon those who are irregular in attendance 
at church. 

Brother Black says a new thirty gallon gas water 
heater was recently installed in the Bryan parsonage. 

Brother Black also says that February 12th marked the 
first anniversary of the church broadcast which is sent out 
over the Defiance, Ohio, station, and known as the Gospel 
Radio Hour. The cost has been advances about five dol- 
lars per Sunday over the original contract. 

Gratis, Ohio. We note that the song leader for the Gratis 
evangelistic campaign is Dennis A. Snell, son of Mr. and 
Mrs. George Snell of West Alexandria, Ohio. He is also 
assisting in personal work, having engaged in such work 
in Chicago. Brother V. E. Meyer is the evangelist. The 
meetings will close on Sunday, March 12th. Brother Crick 
says that the Methodist pastor has been very kind in co- 
operating in the advertising campaign for the revival. 
Word just received says that the meeting has gotten off 
to a good start with five confessions. 

North Georgetown, Ohio. Brother Robert Hoffman, stu- 
dent pastor of the North Georgetown church, proudly an- 
nounces that of the five students in Ashland College at- 
taining a straight "A" average in the past semester, two 
of them, Lovina and Robert Stoffer, are from the North 
Georgetown Brethren Church. (Their pictures and the 
story appear elsewhere in the Evangelist.) 

Dayton, Ohio. Brother S. M. Whettsone, Dayton pastor, 
says, "An even fifty young people attended the 6:15 to 
8:15 service on Sunday evening, February 19th." 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park. Revival services are now 
in progress at the Firestone Park Church, having begun on 
Monday evening, March 6th, with Brother John Byler as 
evangelist. Brother Byler also is giving excellent talks 
to the children. 

Brother J. G. Dodds, pastor of the Akron Church, writes 
the editor that "There were three converts on Sunday eve- 
ening, February 26th. This brings the total to twelve for 
January and February. There were 112 in Sunday School 
on the 26th." 

Brother Dodds also said that his son, "Gil," will leave 
the United States on March 19th, for a month's evangelistic 
tour of Korea and Japan. He asks your prayers for him 
in this work. 

The Father and Son Banquet was held on Friday night, 
March 3rd, with Mr. W. H. Hisey, Instructor of Super- 
visional Training Groups in the Goodyear plants, as guest 
speaker. 

Ashland, Ohio. Brother H. H. Rowsey, Ashland pastor, 
received an additional six people into the Ashland church 
on Wednesday evening, March 1st. 

The redecoration program of the church has had its be- 
ginning with the plastering of the places that needed patch- 
ing before the painting program was begun. It is hoped 
that the program will be rapidly brought to an early com- 
pletion. 



Dean M. A. Stuckey spoke to a large and appreciative 
audience on Sunday evening, February 26th, when he 
gave many of his experiences in his recent trip to Europe. 
He dwelt on the relation of the present trends to the 
Christian program and gave a most comprehensive pic- 
ture of the present situation. It is to be hoped in the near 
future he will he able to continue his most interesting 
lecture, for he did not have time to go into all the de- 
tails his audience would have liked so much to hear. He 
is much in demand for lectures ,at the present time, but 
has promised us to share some of his experiences with the 
readers of The Evangelist as soon as time permits. 

The Women of the two Missionary Societies engaged in 
their regular day Hospital sewing on Thursday, March 
9th. 

Warsaw, Indiana. Warsaw is still striving for that 200 
mark in attendance at Sunday School. Every effort is be- 
ing put forth. Brother Beekley says that their enrollment 
on the books shows very many over that number and so — 
why not? 

Elkhart, Indiana. We note from Brother King's recent 
bulletin that they have received a letter from their daugh- 
ter. Jane Byler, in Argentina, in which she says, "I am 
feeling much better and have gained five pounds. Strength 
seems to be coming back." We all rejoice at this good 
news. Continue your prayers for her complete recovery. 

Brother King reports the addition of eleven members 
since his last report. He is teaching the subject, "The 
New Testament: Its Content and Value," in the Union 
Leadership Training school at Elkhart. 

South Bend, Indiana. The Senior Sisterhood met at the 
church on Sunday afternoon, February 19th, from which 
place they went to several Nursing Homes to sing for the 
residents there. This is a very fine thing to do. 

Loree, Indiana. Brother Robert Higgins, Loree pastor, 
was hospitalized from February 18 to 21 — he calls it just 
a "short stay." Hope you are all O. K. by this time, Broth- 
er Robert. 

He announces future events at Loree as follows: March 
19th — Class No. 8 of the Sunday School presents a play, 
"Peace Be Unto This Home," at the Bunker Hill Meth- 
odist Church, a return exchange; Week of Triumph — April 
2 to 9 at the Loree Church; Easter Cantata by the Choir 
—April 9th; Daily Vacation Bible School — May 28th to 
June 11th. 

Thirty-two men from the Loree Laymen's Organiaztion 
were in attendance at the District Laymen's Rally. In all 
there were 133 present. 

Nappanee, Indiana. We quote from the Nappanee bul- 
letin of February 26th: "Have you seen the new floor in 
the basement? This gray marbleized asphalt tile floor 
adds much to the beauty and serviceableness of the church. 
Our thanks are due to Mr. U. J. Shively, who took the 
responsibility for raising the money for this project, and 
to Mr. Devon Richmond who, with the help of the Lay- 
men, laid the floor." 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Brother D. C. White announces 
the evangelistic services at Milledgeville to begin on Sun- 
day, March 19th, with Brother Floyd Sibert, pastor of our 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio, Brethren Church as evangelist. 

The Sisterhoods were in charge of the morning wor- 



MARCH 11, 1950 



PAGE ELEVEN 



ship services on Sunday, March 5th, with Dr. Flexman as 
their guest speaker. 

Lanark, Illinois. Just as we were about to go to press, 
word came to us that Dr. L. O. McCartneysmith has been 
very ill with bronchial pneumonia, and that Mrs. McCart- 
neysmith is suffering with Virus Flu. The pulpit has been 
rilled by Elder Joe Piesen of the Church of the Brethren. 
Pray that these two may soon be recovered of their ill- 
nesses. 



Spiritual flDebitations 

Rev. Dyoll Belot* 

AWAITING GOD'S TIME 

"Who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord's 
anointed, and be guiltless?" I Samuel 26:9. 

ONE OF THE HARDEST LESSONS in the school of 
life is that of patience. The problem in the lesson 
is that of how far we may be able to help along God's 
plan for our lives, and when it is best for us to wait until 
the divine plans come to include us. 

In the story concerning David, from which our text is 
taken, David had already been informed that he was to 
succeed Saul to the throne of his nation; and here was an 
opportunity to hasten matters — destroy Saul and seize 
the throne. Shall he do that or wait, or what shall he do? 

There was one wise and safe thing to do, and David did 
it. Knowing he is to come to the kingship, he can get ready 
to fill the place. We can always try to prepare ourselves 
for the largest position God may call us to fill or the 
largest thing He may call us to do, although we may not 
seek the position or crave the honor. 

It is said that a cinder in the path along which the 
king was traveling asked a good fairy to put it in the 
king's crown, because he was of the same family. (Seeking 
to bask in reflected glory). But the king's servants brushed 
the cinder away as a bit of dirt. If the cinder had asked 
the fairy to make him a diamond like his brother, the 
courtiers would have gathered him out of the dust and 
presented him to the king for a place beside his brother. 

Youth tends to impatience, and to want to inaugurate 
for the task they seek to perform. James and John desired 
life's plans before they rave fully prepared themselves 
places of importance in Christ's kingdom, but He told 
them that prepared places were for prepared people. Be- 
ing in places of honor and trust somewhere is not nearly 
as important as being fit to be there when the time comes. 
Patience and preparation do it. 

— Linwood, Maryland. 



The spirit of holiness is not a joy killer, but a joy fac- 
tory. 

Somehow we feel that God has a particularly warm spot 
for His children who are as sheep — meek and lowly. 



jBits of 'hvethren History 

By Harm C. Funderberg 

JONATHAN MYERS, JR. 

Jonathan Myers, Jr., was born January 10, 1833 in Put- 
nam County, Indiana, and, with his parents, moved to 
Iowa in 1851. He. was married in 1856, and in 1857 both 
he and his wife joined the church and were baptized in 
the D,es Moines River by his father. On April 3, 1859, with 
many friends, they started across the plains to make their 
home in California. They had a very pleasant trip, arriv- 
ing at Sacramento on October 3rd, being five months on 
the road. In November he went to Gilroy to visit Elder 
George Wolfe who had come to the coast two years earlier. 
He returned and located at Lathrop. Two years later Elder 
Wolfe moved and settled two miles south of Lathrop. They 
soon arranged to hold meetings and organized what is now 
called the Lathrop Church. At the Camp Meeting in 1863 
he was called to the ministry. Two years later he was ad- 
vanced to the second degree, and was ordained to the Elder- 
ship in 1869. Elder Myers preached at almost every Breth- 
ren Church in California at various times. He baptized 
and took into the church more than one hundred members. 

Brother John Noe, whom Francis Myers baptized near 
Eddyville, Iowa, moved to California in 1865 and settled 
near Salmon Creek, Humbolt County, in 1879. He wrote 
for someone to come and hold a protracted meeting. Broth- 
er Jonathan Myers and his wife left home in Oakland on 
October 22, 1879 and soon began a meeting at Salmon 
Creek, near where Brother Noe lived. He preacjied stead- 
ily for five weeks at Port Keynon, baptizing seventeen 
persons, and found two members, J. W. Croley and wife, 
thus giving them nineteen members. He organized them 
into a church and held communion with them before re- 
turning. Twenty-one partook at the supper. 

On August 15, 1880, he with Brother S. H. Bashor, went 
to Humbolt to attend a Camp Meeting. Brother Bashor did 
the preaching for eight days. At the close of the meeting, 
Brother Myers baptized twelve applicants. From here 
Brother Bashor went to Springville and preached a week, 
baptizing four. .Brother Myers went to Salmon Creek, held 
a week's meeting and baptized, seven. 

While pastor at Humbolt Brother Myers baptized thirty- 
six. Trouble developed in that church later that caused it 
to break up. He located in Pasadena finally, where he en- 
gaged in business. His wife was an invalid for many years 
and died in 1898. 



A MISSIONARY'S EQUIPMENT 

A life yielded to God and controlled by His Spirit. 

A restful trust in God for the supply of all needs. 

A sympathetic spirit and a willingness to take a lowly 
place. 

Tact in dealing with men and adaptability toward circum- 
stances. 

Zeal in service and steadfastness in discouragement. 

Love for communion with God and for the study of His 
Word. 

Some experience and blessing in the Lord's work at home. 

A healthy body and a vigorous mind. — Hudson Taylor. 



PAGE TWELVE 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 

"Topici copyrighted by the International Society of Chriitian Endearor. 
Ueed by permieaion." 




Topic for March 26, 1950 

EVANGELIZE THROUGH CHURCH VOCATIONS 

Scripture: Romans 10:9-15; Ephesians 4:8, 11, 12 

For The Leader 

THIS IS THE LAST in a aeries of four C. E. Topics 
devoted to the subject of Evangelism as the greatest 
work of the world. It is great because, through it, if done 
properly, we bring lost souls to the living Saviour. It is im- 
portant because, through it, we bring new workers, mem- 
bers and talent into our churches. Direct result of this, of 
course, is a growing church. And a growing church is the 
one we like to belong to. This fine result, a growing church, 
does not just happen. It comes because we meet the condi- 
tions. We must, ourselves, be workers in the Church. Thus 
our subject tonight. Through special activities, and jobs 
in the church, we can make our church grow. From the 
Pastor on through to the Janitor and Pianist, each one of 
the officers has a "church vocation" which they can use 
to win others to Christ. Will you do your part? Then we 
have some suggestions for you tonight. 
DISCUSSION 

1. PAUL'S LAMENT. In our Roman scripture tonight 
we have the way of salvation pictured by Paul. Confession 
of the Lord Jesus; belief that He is risen from the dead. 
He also shows that with the heart man believeth, and with 
the mouth confession is made unto salvation. He even goes 
so far as to show that everyone is eligible to receive the 
gospel, stating that whosoever shall call upon the name 
of the Lord shall be saved. But then comes the lament. 
He asks how they shall call on Him in whom they have 
not believed, or how shall they believe in Him of whom 
they have not heard ? Also Paul laments the face that they 
have not heard because they have not had anyone to take 
them the message. It all sums up to this, how shall they 
believe in Christ unto salvation when no one has taken 
the story of Christ to them ? 

2. HAVING NOT BEEN SENT. Paul raises another 
thought in asking how shall they preach when they have 
not been sent. W.e do not presume to be adding to scrip- 
tures, but we ask, "How shall they be sent when they are 
not willing to go?" The Brethren Church right now has 
the best opportunities for Christian work it has ever had. 
Right now, though, there is a shortage of workers. Right 
now there should be 100 High School seniors, good Chris- 
tian Brethren young people who should be willing to enter 
Ashland next fall and train for some phase of Christian 
work in our Denomination. That rate could continue for 
five years without a let-up, and we still would need work- 
ers. We must truly prepare now for our future as the 
Brethren Church. 

3. SOME ADVANTAGES. As it stands now, the aver- 
age Brethren young man, a High School graduate this 
year, or in the next several years, will always have a job. 
If he is capable, sincere, and called of the Lord, he will 



never have to look for a pastorate during his active life- 
time, after he has received his training at Ashland. The 
field is just as wide for young women. Ashland needs more 
and more Brethren men and women to fill the ever-ex- 
panding need for professors and workers. The Mission 
Board, the Publication Company, the % Brethren Homes, to 
name a few, are constantly in need of good Christian 
Brethren workers. The pay may not be as high as in some 
other jobs, but you will be among your friends, working 
in the church you love and for the Lord you profess to 
serve. 

4. COME ON, YOUNG PEOPLE. We are speaking now 
to that 100 High School young people of .Brethren faith 
we mentioned earlier. Maybe there's more, maybe a few 
less. But one or two in this local Society, or that one, 
now getting ready to graduate. Is it going to be a 5 and 
10 cent store job? Is it going to be a secretarial job in 
some small office ? Seriously now, give heed to the call of 
your Lord to greater things in His service. Brethren 
Youth, Sisterhood, Brotherhood and Christian Endeavor 
have all been working to one end. That is, to get you to 
think seriously of training yourself for higher Christian 
service in the Brethren Church. Are our efforts going to 
be wasted ? Or are you going to prayerfully seek the lead- 
ing of God for your life ? One hundred of you entering 
Ashland next fall; 60 of you graduating in four years, 
as Christian teachers in public schools, pre-sems, pre-sem's 
wives, candidates for clerical positions in our Brethren in- 
stitutions, etc. Three years later, 10 fine young ministers, 
each with a fine wife, ready for our mission fields, home 
mission pastorates, and pastorates. If you don't go, will 
there be just nine ? If nine others don't go, will there be 
any ? See how important it is that YOU give heed to the 
call of the Lord. 

5. PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN ADVANCEMENT. The 
field is unlimited. We could use trained ministers, their 
wives, missionaries, office workers, teachers, etc., in great 
numbers right now. But we are thinking ahead a few 
years. When you College Freshmen next fall graduate, 
from college, and the "ten young men" in 7 years from 
our Seminary, what then, Simply this, that the next year 
after that, and the year after that, etc., we can continue 
placing young ministers, wives, office workers, college pro- 
fessors, mission and publication workers, faster than they 
will be available. After all, what other field promises the 
job security today that Christian service does? After all, 
if you have kept yourself a clean young person, following 
the rules of God for your life, and shunned the filthy evils 
of modern youth, why shouldn't you continue to live for 
God, using your talents and services for Him. God needs 
you, the Brethren Church needs you. And if you are in- 
clined to think the "pay" doesn't add up to other occupa- 
tions, think on two things. First, very few jobs around the 
country are very secure right now. After years of train- 
ing in a secular field you may find yourself without a job. 
Christian work is not that way, nor will it be in your life- 
time. You'll always have a job if you measure up. Second 
thing to think on is that every act of Christian service 
you do has a reward in heaven. This life, with its allure- 
ments is but a fleeting moment of time. Eternity is end- 
less. Better to have your "pay" awaiting you up there, 
taking a little less of it here. Get this viewpoint, and we 
feel sure you will add your name to those who this day 
would not change their Christian work for any other job. 



MARCH 11, 1950 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



Vrayer TUeeting 
Studies 

JBy (P. jL Kilmer 




4:12). It will give us faith (Rom. 10:17). It gives assur- 
ance of salvation (John 5:24). The Word abiding in us 
gives us the knowledge of God's will. It enables us to 
pray according to His will and get our prayers answered 
(John 15:7). Praying with a closed Bible is an abom- 
ination (Prov. 28:9). 



THE HOLY BOOK 

I open it, my fingers trace the lines 

That Wesley's, Moody's, Spurgeon's eyes have scanned. 

Beneath my fingertips a promise shines, 

A diamond unearthed by my seeking hand, 

A gem that countless saints have touched before 

And left among this jewel casket's store. 

1 searched as one who searches long for gold, 
And oh, what gleaming nuggets I unearthed. 
All that my seeking heart and hands can hold 
I gather, and I know their precious worth, 
And strange, the vein has never failed, though men 
Have mined its channel since the world began. 

The Holy Book, that gives its wealth unpriced 
To every seeker after God and Christ. 

— Grace Noll Crowell. 

THE HOLY BIBLE 

Scripture: John 5:39; 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Psa. 119:9-12; 97- 
:104; Heb. 4:12; Deut. 11:18-21. 

Hymn: "Break Thou the Bread of Life" 

Prayers 

Seed Thoughts for Discussion: 

SATAN IS FOR the letter of the Bible, but not the 
Spirit (2 Cor. 3:6). It is not the Word alone, but the 
Word preached in the power of the Spirit that brings re- 
sults (1 Cor. 2:1-5). The context of Isaiah 55:11 shows 
that the Lord was speaking of prophecy when he said, 
"My Word . . . shall not return unto Me void." "What 
I prophesy I bring to pass." Even orthodox preaching 
without power will bring no results. Not the Word alone, 
but the preached Word in the power of the Spirit will 
bring results (1 Cor. 1:21) . 

Every Christian should read his Bible and also hear it 
read (Rev. 1:3). Our .Bible reading is never finished — we 
are to keep on reading. The Bible is uninteresting only to 
uninterested people. Every one should memorize choice 
portions of the Bible (Psa. 119:11). The blessed man will 
meditate in the Scripture day and night (Psa. 1). Without 
our delight in the Word of God the Spirit will not work. 
God's Word is a delight to those who love it (Psa. 119:97, 
103; Jer. 15:16). 

There is something fundamentally wrong with the 
church member who does not enjoy God's Word. Bunyan 
wrote in the fly leaf of his Bible: "This Book will keep 
you from sin; sin will keep you from this Book." Beware 
of any heart opposition that keeps one from the Bible and 
from attendance in God's house (John 3:21, 22). 

The Word of God is most effective and powerful (Heb. 




Bowiments on the Lesson by the Cditor 



Lesson for March 26, 1950 

THE CHURCH IN ROME 

Lesson: Romans 1:1, 7-12; Acts 28:14b-15, 30, 31. 

THE LETTER which Paul wrote to the church in Rome 
was penned some time before he made his fateful 
journey to the Capital of the Roman Empire. Therefore 
he did not have a speaking knowledge with the people, 
and we cannot expect the close personal feeling that is 
found in his letters to the churches with which he had so 
much to do in their establishment. Consequently, when he 
introduced himself in the opening verses (1-7) he is set- 
ting forth the reasons for his authoritative statements in 
the letter which is to follow. He was first a servant, then 
an apostle by the will of God, then a messenger sent to 
the churches. 

We can, therefore, expect him to very definitely set 
forth the tenets of the Gospel which he has been called 
upon to preach. In order that they may fully understand 
his mission and have no mistaken version of what he is 
already doing, he says, in 1:16, "I am not ashamed of 
the Gospel of Christ" (the Gospel which he is preaching) 
and I am giving it to "the Jew first, and also the Greek." 
They, no doubt, had heard of Paul's missionary tour and 
of the admission of the Gentiles into the church. And, 
since the membership of the church at Rome must have 
been made up of dispersed Christian Jews, and, mayhap 
political Jewish prisoners, they may have wondered at 
what seemed to them as a departure from the "traditions 
of the fathers." Hence, the desire in the mind of Paul to 
set them right in their thinking. 

When we examine verses 11 and 12 of this first chapter, 
we see that he had a purpose to go to visit the Roman 
church, in order that by his personal contact with them he 
might, first, "impart some spiritual gift" to them, that is, 
to make them understand the full significance of the Holy 
Spirit's operation in their lives. Second, that he might 
see them firmly "established" in the faith. And third, that 
he himself might "be comforted" (assured of their accep- 
tance of the entire plan of God for His Church) "together 
with them" in mutual faith. 

Isn't that exactly what the minister of any church, if 
he be a true minister of the Gospel, desires in his con- 
gregation ? 

When Paul wrote these words he was not at all sure 
he would ever get to Rome, for, according to Romans 1:13, 



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he had "oftentimes purposed" to go to them, but he had 
been "'hitherto let" (that is, hindered) that he might have 
some "fruitage" among them as among "other Gentiles." 

Space forbids us to go further into this, but our clos- 
ing verses in Acts 22, tell us that he has made the trip 
to Rome (however, as a prisoner) and that the letter he 
had written had evidently borne the desired "fruit" even 
in his absence. For we read that "the brethren . . . came 
to meet us . . . whom when Paul saw, he thanked God 
and took courage." He was there, not as he would have de- 
sired, free to go where he pleased, but there as the mes- 
senger God told him he would be. 

He fulfilled God's plan, and, though there were diffi- 
culties encountered (and in what work of the Lord do 
we not find them ? ) he "received all who came in unto 
him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those 
things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all con- 
fidence, no man forbidding him." 

It is always thus with men, if they put their trust in 
God and obey His commands and follow His plans and pur- 
poses. 



I Had a Talk With 

General MacArthur 

Eric M. North, Secretary, American Bible Society 

I WAS IN TOKYO for a few days early in November. 
Through arrangements made by the kindness of Pacific 
Theater Chaplain Ivan L. Bennett, I had a very interest- 
ing half hour with General Douglas MacArthur. After we 
passed the military guard and waited for three brigadier 
generals to finish a conference with him, his aide, Colonel 
Bunker, ushered us in to the general's office. After greet- 
ings and as soon as we were seated the general turned 
to me and said, "Well, Dr. North, how is the distribution 
of the Scriptures going in Japan?" 

As we have known and as the conversation revealed, 
General MacArthur has been more than interested; he 
has been deeply concerned for the widespread distribution 
of the Scriptures in Japan. I was glad to report to him 
that from the end of the war the American Bible Society 
and the Japan Bible Society, working together, had dis- 
tributed approximately 4,000,000 Scriptures in four years. 
The general immediately said that he had proposed a goal 
of ten million Scriptures in two years even though he 
knew it was impossible, and that in shipping 4,000,000 
we had done more than he really thought could be done. 
I told him that the plan was to distribute 3,000,000 in 
1050 and 5,000,000 more in 1951. He commended this pro- 
gram warmly and urged that we press on as rapidly as 
possible to a goal of 30,000,000 Scriptures. He remarked 
that he had had reports that Scriptures were being read 
even in remote fishing villages. 

In the remainder of the conversation, which passed to 
more general considerations, it was clear that General 
MacArthur believes that Japan greatly needs a new spir- 
itual foundation and that the present is the opportunity 
to provide it, and that the .Bible is of very great import- 
ance in helping to lay that foundaion. . 



SPECIAL NOTICE 

CONCERNING GENERAL CONFERENCE 
INFORMATION 

All persons wishing information relative to the 
1050 General Conference Program should write to 
the Executive Secretary, Rev. Clarence S. Fair- 
banks, 4805 Silver Hill Road, S. E., Washington 20, 
D. C. 

The above notice is published at the urgent re- 
quest of John F. Locke, Chairman of the Executive 
Committee of the conference, who says that to avoid 
delay, you should act in accordance with this notice. 



Tragedy, tumult and trouble on every hand are the re- 
sults of forgetting God and opposing His truth. 

Following Jesus, implies doing business on Jesus' prin- 
ciples. 

God is especially indebted to help a church that will 
strive to carry out His vision in missions. 

Worldliness is human activity with God left out. It 
aims at success and not at holiness. 







BURLINGTON, INDIANA 

Our past reports on the Burlington Church have been 
few, but it does not necessarily mean that the work of the 
church has not gone forward. We are working in our 
seventh year here with the good people of Burlington. We 
have seen the church grow much spiritually as well as in 
membershijp. In 1945 the Burlington-Cambria circuit was 
disbanded and the people at Burlington called the pastor 
for full time service. The attendance has increased stead- 
ily over the years until the past year we had an average 
attendance of 123. Our record attendance was 176 on 
Homecoming this year. This is very gratifying, since the 
church has a membership of 150 at the present time. 

Many improvements have been made on the church 
building, as well as the parsonage. The church has in- 
stalled a new oil furnace, redecorated the entire church, 
purchased dark-shades for the children's department to 
facilitate the use of filmstrips and slides in the depart- 
ment. The Homemakers Class purchased fluorescent light- 
ing for the entire bfasement, and Mr. and Mrs. Wright 
Hendrix gave rubber stair covering for the inside steps. 



MARCH 11, 1950 



PAGE FIFTEEN 



Late in the summer of 1948, the congregation purchased 
a Wurlitzer Electronic organ, which adds much to the wor- 
ship services. This past fall the church replaced the old 
piano with a new Kimball piano. Two years ago Mrs. 
Clyde Polk and immediate family gave the church new 
pulpit furniture in memory of Willis Polk. The W. M. S. 
later bought the altar table to complement the pulpit fur- 
niture. To date the building and equipment of the church 
are the finest. 

Much has been done at the parsonage, too. A much 
needed modernization program was started in ±944, with 
the installation of a bathroom. The W. M. S. has been the 
force for so many things being done at the parsonage. They 
bought new shades, an electric water heater, inlaid lino- 
leum for the kitchen and bath, new light fixtures and the 
wallpaper for redecorating. The church has just completed 
a program of remodeling that is much appreciated by the 
pastor and his family. This includes converting a down- 
stairs room into a much needed bedroom and the residing 
of the house and replacing of electrical wiring which had 
become a fire hazard. Many other things not mentioned, 
have been added from time to time for the up-keep of the 
church properties. 

The membership of the church has grown steadily dur- 
ing this pastorate. Since Thanksgiving thirteen new mem- 
bers have been added to the church. The future of the 
Burlington Church is one of hope and continued spiritual 
growth. The W. M. S. has been sponsoring a Junior Choir 
under the direction of Mrs. James Harrell. This choir has 
a membership of about eighteen members and the W. M. 
S. has helped provide robes for the entire group. The men 
have recently organized a Laymen's Organization and we 
hope to be able to report at a later date, some of the 
projects of this worthwhile organization. 

Wayne E. Swihart, pastor. 



CARLETON, NEBRASKA 

We had a great service February 19 in recognition of 
Race Relations Day. It was a union service held in the 
Brethren church — the Church of the Brethren, the Meth- 
odists and the Brethren co-operating. The main feature 
was a discussion of the subject of "Race Relations" by a 
group of five students — two men and three ladies — an 
Italian, an Iranian, a native of the Samoa Islands, an 
American Negro and an American Indian, from McPher- 
son, Kansas. Each was introduced by Prof. Raymond Flory 
and each discussed the subject very intelligently from the 
viewpoint of his race or nateionality. 

The sanctuary and an adjacent room were filled to capa- 
city with attentive listeners. A delightful pot-luck fellow- 
ship dinner followed the service. After the dinner the stu- 
dent group entertained with an interesting and somewhat 
humorous program of songs, readings and stunts. 

H. M. Oberholtzer, pastor. 



THE ELKHART, INDIANA, REVIVAL 

It was the happy privilege of the Elkhart Church to hold 
a Revival Campaign with Rev. Vernon D. Grisso of Smith- 
ville, Ohio, as the evangelist. It was indeed a happy two 
weeks and passed by all too soon. Brother Grisso was a 



wonderful helper to the pastor in the many calls made 
in the homes of the prospects and shut-ins. In each home 
a testimony was given that we believe will yet bear fruit. 

Brother Grisso also gave us wonderful messages each 
evening and over the two Sundays. He has a way of pre- 
senting the truth of the Word in just a little different 
way than most ministers. His sermons were well thought 
out and effectively presented. The Elkhart church greatly 
appreciated his messages. 

Mrs. Grisso was with us for the last Sunday, as a vis- 
itor, and we were glad to have her with us, even for that 
short time. It was necessary for us to take one day off 
and travel to the Brethren Home at Flora, on business. 
We took a Saturday for this trip. 

Brother Grisso has already mentioned the various pas- 
tors and churches that attended, along with his father and 
sister also. We were indeed grateful for their help and 
encouragement. 

Besides the strengthening of the church, and the good 
contacts made for the future, there were five baptized and 
received into membership the first Sunday, and six the sec- 
ond Sunday. Two older ladies made confession the last 
Sunday evening and are yet to be baptized. We believe 
there will be others from time to time. Five were younger 
children and the rest were adults. 

Again we say "Thank you, Brother Grisso, and Come 
again." ■ 

Rev. Harry Gilbert did a splendid piece of work in lead- 
ing the singing. Others mentioned in Rev. Grisso's article 
in the Evangelist also contributed to the success of the 
meetings. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bailey, and five children 
who were under school age, were present for every ser- 
vice. They had to depend on bus service, but their faith- 
fulness, I am sure, put many others to shame. 

Extensive remodeling is taking place at the parsonage. 
The inside is now completed and the work on the outside 
will be finished as soon as the weather permits. We are 
grateful for this addition and it will add greatly to the en- 
joyment of the pastor and his family. The church is con- 
templating an addition to the church building in the rear 
of the present edifice, but definite plans have not yet been 
approved. 

Our attendance for the first six months was consider- 
ably higher than last year, but the past few Sundays, be- 
cause of the heavy snow and bad weather, it has fallen 
down a bit. We are, however, looking forward to a new 
zeal and spirit leading up to Easter. 

Pray for our work here that we may be worthy of the 
great opportunity confronting us day by day. 

L. V. King, pastor. 



PITTSBURGH, PENNA., ANNIVERSARY 

It was our great pleasure to share with the Pittsburgh 
Brethren Church in the celebration of their Sixtieth An- 
niversary. I was with them for their fortieth and left only 
a year before their fiftieth, and hope to be with them on 
their seventieth. Of course modesty would forbid me in- 
viting myself, but it was a real joy to spend a couple of 
days with people you had served for ten years in a min- 
istry of joy and sorrow, of birth and death, of baptism and 
betrothal, of homes begun and homes dissolved, of life in 



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its glory and life in 1 the shadows. In fact there is no rela- 
tion in life quite so intimate and tender, and especially 
in the crises of life, as that of the pastor and his people. 
However eloquent the preaching of the gospel may be de- 
livered, it will become "sounding brass" if the preacher's 
heart is not overflowing with love for his people and for 
all mankind. "As Thou hast sent me into the world, even 
so have I sent them into the world," is the earnest prayer 
of Christ that His ministers must go forth in fervent love 
and sacrifice. 

Eleven years make many changes in a congregation — 
Cradle Roll members are in high school; Little Beginners 
and Primaries are finishing high school, in college or 
working, some married; and Juniors and Intermediates of 
eleven yeares ago, now with a family. This is interesting 
and joyous. The chairman of the Anniversary Committee 
was Malcolm Hobbs, one of our Junior boys. However, the 
vacant pews bring sadness, sacred memories with words 
of praise for those faithful members, who were so diligent 
some twenty years ago, and through our years of ser- 
vice with them. 

No church ever had a more faithful group of good busi- 
ness men who directed the business of the church and filled 
various offices than I. C. Wilcox, A. C. Bartley, Frank Mc- 
Master, Joseph Hoffman, (a superb organist), Fred Stalker, 
S.N. Wilcox, iE. C. Wilcox, John Walker, Earl Stalker and 
others, who were faithful in attendance— all have departed 
to be with the Lord. Also Mike Wagoner and Paul Halpine, 
both younger deacons, prematurely called home to Heaven. 

Mr. J. A. Rishel is the only one left of the Trustee Board 
serving our time. Mr. C. M. Garland has served as church 
secretary for thirty years and of Sunday School also, 
and I doubt if another Brethren church has records as 
efficiently kept. Mr. Clyde Garland, Moderator, Senior 
Deacon, and for many years Sunday School Superintend- 
ent, is still .active as his health permits. Mrs. Mary Dia- 
mond Collett, for many years treasurer of the church, 
was unable to attend the services. The Bole families, char- 
ter members of the church were represented by Mr. Harry 
Bole, who was one of the first baptized, then a boy of nine 
years. Elder Dan Bole, being the leader of the group, or- 
ganized the church. A son, I. Callen Bole, now lives in 
Youngstown, Ohio, but was not present. The Dave Bole 
family was represented by Dr. Allison, a brother of Mrs. 
Dave Bole, who also were charter members. Dr. Allison 
and Harry Bole being the only two whose affiliation with 
the church dated back the sixty years. Several of the Rau 
families were active in the church twenty years ago, and 
are still active in carrying on the work of the church. 

We had the privilege of preaching the two Sunday ser- 
mons and to share in the fellowship banquet on Monday 
evening. These services were well attended and the spirit 
was very delightful. We did not "reminisce" too much, 
for we wanted to preach a gospel sermon, but our minds 
did take in twenty years of church history. We found one 
hundred and thirty-eight active members in 1929, and 
after almost ten years of labor, we had more than doubled 
the active membership. There was not one reason, so far 
as the pastor relation was concerned, why we should leave; 
but we had some personal and family interests that 
seemed to be sufficient cause for us to go farther west. 
But we still love the church and the people there, and re- 
joice in their success and grieve at their loss. 



Many things enter into the growth of a church. There 
is death, removal, offenses, marrying away, etc., so that 
the continual flow of new members is essental to main- 
tain the strength of the church. The Pittsburgh church 
has suffered from some of these things, but their spirit 
is encouraging and with their new pastor and wife, Rev. 
and Mrs. Alvin Grumbling, they seem to be starting out 
nicely. 

We were shown every courtesy. Rev. Milton Robinson, 
who is now working in the city, gives his heart-support. 
We were entertained in the Robinson home one evening, 
and the J. A. Rishel home the rest of the time. We are 
grateful for the privilege of sharing in this anniversary 
and exhorted them to faithfully support their young pas- 
tor and encourage him, but let him be the leader for which 
they called and are paying him for his time. He is set apart 
as a man of God. Honor him as such. 

We bespeak for the Pittsburgh church a period of growth 
and increased strength and shall remember them in our 
prayers. 

Claud Studebaker, South Bend, Indiana. 



They Do Creep In!!! 

Our attention has been called to the "scrambled" bit of 
material that somehow slipped past the proof reading of 
the page proofs of the Evangelist of February 25th. We 
do not know just how this happened, but we certainly do 
apologize to Brother Robert Holsinger for having "messed" 
up his fine report of the work of the Garber Memorial 
Church, which is sponsored by the Park Street Church. 
Where the report is continued from page 11 to page 14 
there seems to be a transposition of several lines, which 
did away with the sense of the report up to a certain 
place. In order that it may rest well in your minds, we 
are giving you the thirteen lines as they should have been 
on page 14, column 1, and the first 11 lines at the top of 
page 14, column 2. 

(continued from page 11) 
Gospel Team of the College. A group of workers went up 
and down the streets distributing handbills, and extending 
a personal invitation for the people to come. This prepara- 
tion, together with the powerful messages of our Evan- 
gelist, Rev. Clarence Stogsdill, and the prayers of many 
friends, resulted in a very successful two weeks of ser- 
vices. We are much indebted to the Men's Gospel Team 
for their support. 

Different College students very graciously gave of their 
time and talents in leading the singing and providing spe- 
cial music. This added much to the services, and was great- 
ly appreciated. 

A number of adults and children from the community, 
many who had not attended the church before, were faith- 
ful in coming night after night. . . . 

(Now get out your other Evangelist and read this 
report again, taking note of the correction of the errors. 
The above takes you to the middle of line 2, in the sec- 
ond column of page 14.) 

We feel very sorry for this transposition and trust that 
such will not occur again soon. Editor. 



Brethren Evangelist 




Faith of Easter 

He arose! 

They pierced His hands and feet 

Under the noonday heat; 

They hung Him on a cross: 

The world knew not its loss; 

They laid Him in a tomb: 

Hope vanished in the gloom. 

But Life is lord of death, 

Hate could not still Love's breath . . . 

He arose! 

He arose! 

And darkness turned to day. 

Faith icalked a blithesome way, 

Joy came to bide with men, 

Hope filled all hearts again. 

Two men who saiv Him die 

Saw shadows fill the sky — 

Then, sudden, Christ ivas there 

Speaking His words of cheer . . . 

He arose! 

— by Thomas Curtis Clark. 

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Travel 



Masontown, Pa. welcomed the Missionary Secretary into 
their pulpit for the day, February 5th. It was a very suc- 
cessful day too. The weather was good. The attendance 
was very good, both morning and evening, and not the 
least, a very hospitable country home with "the Kings" 
was provided. This church is without a pastor but in spite 
of this, they are carrying the program in an unusual way. 
It is very exceptional in these days to hear of such a 
prayer meeting group as this church maintains, with no 
pastor. Masontown is in the very heart of the coal indus- 
try. So many people were without work. It is our earnest 
prayer that a pastor-minister may soon hear the call to 
this church. The Brethren Church does not have in it a 
finer parsonage in which to domicile the minister and 
family. Here is an excellent field. 

Muncie, Indiana — The 19th of February was the anni- 
versary, (the first) since the building of the new church. 
The former pastor — the Reverend iE. D. Burnworth — was 
the morning speaker. He had not been well but was used 
to preach a powerful sermon on this occasion. He and Mrs. 
Burnworth now reside in Eaton, Indiana. 

After a social hour at noon with a sumptuous dinner — 
the afternoon service was conducted. The musicians, choir 
and the Building Committee were all represented in the 
Anniversary Service. The Missionary Secretary was the 
speaker. The Reverend and Mrs. Chester Zimmerman are 
in charge of this church and also both are doing some 
special training at Ball State Teacher's College. 



Oakville, Indiana — The evening of the same day was 
spent with the Oakville Brethren. This afforded their pas- 
tor, Henry Bates, the opportunity to return to Ashland 
on the afternoon train. Mr. Walter Sollars served as 
chairman, a representative of the W. M. S. conducted de- 
votions, including a special vocal duet. It was my delight 
to speak for this enthusiastic audience. Their entire offer- 
ing was turned over to the Secretary to be applied on the 
Wheeler Home. 

The day following, I spent more than an hour with the 
Burnworths, then to Loree (south of Peru) where I found 
the church folks getting ready for the Southern District 
Laymen's meeting and their pastor, Mr. Higgins, in the 
hospital at Peru. Of course, I drove directly to see the 
sick preacher, who at that time was much better. After a 
lengthy conference with the Bowmans at Peru, I returned 
to the Laymen's meeting. 

Loree, Indiana — This fine country church did their part 
nobly. After a most delectable supper or banquet, with 
all that hungry men could wish for, even to decorations 
and music, a very unusual program was conducted. Be- 
sides business and music, a panel discussion was very ably 
directed by Mr. Kenneth Stout, a school superintendent. 
The discussion covered questions on Ashland College and 
Seminary, Publishing interests, Home and Foreign Mis- 
sions, Shipshewana, etc. A series of questions had been 
prepared to direct the discussion but any person had the 
right at any point to interrupt with a question. Your Sec- 
retary was glad to make some contribution to the discus- 
sion. The whole program was arranged to give all the in- 
formation possible on any part of our church program. 

One half of the offering was voted for new tables in the 
rooms at the Wheeler Home. 

Leaving the cozy, comfortable home of the Zerbe's the 
following morning, I met the elements in their fury; a two 
hour delay in Huntington due to ice; rain, wind, snow and 
slush, all day. It was winter weather without question, 
but thanks to. this mechanized age for giving us so many 
gadgets on our cars to bring comfort, ease and protection 
in such weather. 

After such a trip, it was not difficult to remain at the 
office for several days to plan and prepare the publicity 
material for our Foreign Missionary Offering at Easter- 
tide. 

The last call of the month came from Canton, Ohio, 
where I showed a film on South American missionary ac- 
tivity. There was a very good evening attendance and keen 
interest. The Prof. Edwin Boardman of Ashland College 
preaches for the Canton Church and has been well re- 
ceived. During the picture he spoke on the problems of 
South America. He and his wife spent a period of time 
there a number of years ago. 

In a closing word, allow me to remind every reader 
that we are rapidly approaching that period when we es- 
pecially think of our Lord's death on Calvary's Cross and 
His Resurrection. What a message! — "His atoning death 
for Sin and His Resurrection" — what a Hope! 

Because of our never-failing love and appreciation for 
His sacrifice, will we not be willing to even sacrifice, that 
our churches may present our largest missionary offer- 
ing? The missionary advance in the Brethren Church will 
be in proportion to our Faith and our Giving. 

E. M. R. 



MARCH 18, 1050 



PAGE THREE 



The Christian Church Is Unique 



by Dr. W. D. Furry 



There are two ways in which the New Testament re- 
veals to us the ideal of the Church. The one is historical 
and is best illustrated in the second chapter of the Acts 
and forty-second verse. In this passage we see the Church 
in its beginning days, the days of its splendid prime, when 
the memory of Jesus was yet vivid and the gift of the 
Spirit new. Beginnings may not always be perfect, but 
there is always something instructive and inspiring about 
them and something authoritative as well. To a Roman 
Catholic the doctrine of the Church is in a very real sense 
the only doctrine of Christianity, and if any person is 
right in his conception of the nature and authority of the 
Church, he cannot be wrong about anything else. Protest- 
ants, however, give the Church a wholly different place in 
their thought and practice. 

The second way of presenting the ideal Church in the 
New Testament is doctrinal and is best illustrated in 
Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians. Here the Church is pre- 
sented as the combined manifestatation of the incarna- 
tion of God in Jesus Christ. The Church is His body, the 
fulness of Him who filleth all things. Our Lord speaks of 
"My Church" which is one of the few things to which our 
Lord laid any claim. The New Testament speaks of "Christ 
and the Church," the "Church of God," and the "Church 
of the Living God." God is the Creator and Preserver of 
the Church. It (the Church) lives, moves and has its being 
in God. Apart from the Divine life that sustains it, the 
Church would be, as all other institutions are, an insti- 
tution in time and with time would pass away. The Church 
has power only because the power of God is in it. It has 
unity because the one God is in it. It has peace when the 
God of Peace is within it. It has unity because God alone 
gives it life. The Church is "the body of Christ," in am, 
through which Christ is made visible to the world. Christ 
is the Head of the Body, the Church. Without the quicken- 
ing power of His Spirit, the Church would be an organ- 
ization but not an organism. The Church as the Body of 
Christ is filled with His fulness — the new humanity in 
which all the enmities and divisions of the old are tran- 
scended — the glorious bride of Christ without spot or 
wrinkle or any such thing. 

The Church an Abiding Reality 

Our more recent literature has been tragically lacking 
in the recognition that the Church, apart from God, has 
no abiding reality. We will not succeed with the work of 




the Church finance, Church extension or Church unity by 
1 eflecting the opinions and judgments of our age, nor will 
we see the arrival of the "Church glorious," until we open- 
ly acknowledge that all things in the Church are of God. 
The visible Church of tomorrow will not be as the Church 
of today, and that denomination will have most to con- 
tribute that has held most consistently and gladly and 
purely the doctrine of the New Testament Church. What- 
ever the Church of tomorrow will be, if it is true to the 
commitments of the New Testament, will take into its 
faith and order, values for which the people called Breth- 
ren have stood for, throughout their history. For this pur- 
pose it is useful at the present moment in the history of 
the Church to examine the charter under which the Church 
carries forward the Christian task of manifesting Christ 
to the whole world. 

The True Church 

The Brethren Church is a true Church. It is necessary 
to emphasize this today. It is a Church. It is not a sect 
or club or association. It was not instituted by men. It is 
a divine fellowship. When we speak of the Church, we 
mean Christ and the Church, for wherever He is, the 
Church is. The Church is nothing apart from Christ. We 
continue to sing with ever increasing fervor — 

The Church's one foundation 
Is Jesus Christ her Lord, 
She is His new creation, 
By water and the word. 

From heaven He came and bought Her 
To be His holy bride; 
With His own blood He bought Her 
And for Her life He died. 

Our Inheritance. 

Whatever we make of it, the Christian Church stands 
out .as one of the most significant factors in human so- 
ciety for nineteen centuries. It has seen one civilization 
after another overwhelmed and rise again, and has itself 
been the center about which it arose. Every phase of life 
is touched by some relation with the Church. All history 
is full of it. We cannot get away from it, however much 
we renounce it. But we are not thinking of renouncing it. 



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We today are coming to realize that the Church means 
more than we have grasped; but means — all that it means 
— is most difficult to understa d. For the story of the 
Church is broken, full of cross threads and unevennesses ; 
freVre are forward movements and relapses; in piety and 
devotion, even in morality, there are records of incred- 
ible grandeur and unintelligible dullness ard failure. When 
one surveys the Church and its history fairly and calmly, 
what does it mean ? Or has confusion a meaning ? 

We turn back to the Founder of the Church and we get 
a curious hint that He foresaw more or less clearly what 
its story would be. What may we today learn from the 
way in which Christia ity, developed and in less than four 
centuries, dominated the ancient world ? 

Dean Sperry of the Harvard Divinity School in a "must 
book" for every preacher, entitled "Jesus, Then and Now," 
asks two questions: How much of the Jesus of History 
survives in the Christ of the creeds today? What has hap- 
pened to Christianity that so little of the original dynamic 
that possessed the early Christians remains ? And then sets 
himself to answer a question which concerns all of us as- 
ociated in even the most humble position, "How can we 
recover it?" The purpose of the book .as denned by the 
dean is "to make evident to the leaders of our Churches 
the profound changes in the world's and the Church's view 
of Jesus which have taken place in nineteen centuries, and 
to indicate what may be done — what we as Brethren may 
do — to recover the original power of the Church. The book 
is a most challenging and impressive plea for a more 
conscientious consideration of the life and teachings of 
Jesus, touching the nature, and purpose of the Church 
which is His Body and we the members thereof. 
The Church is Unique 

God, whose 'Counsel standeth forever,' who would not 
give mankind up, created a new center for humanity by 
becoming incarnate Himself in a man of that race of Is- 
rael, which had become so disappointing to Him. This man 
Jesus, living in the midst of sinful humanity and subject 



to all its temptations, lived the kind of life that God meant 
all men to live. He gathered about Him a dozen plain, un- 
learned men to make a beginning with them, even though 
they scarcely understood Him at all. He came to His own 
who could not receive Him but who got Him condemned 
to death. Even His chosen disciples deserted Him. He 
Himself was now all that was left of the "faithful rem- 
nant" of the "People of God" and He died on a cross, for- 
saken and alone. 

But God's purpose was not thus to be defeated. God had 
not give i up man. A short time later in that same city 
of Jerusalem in which Jesus was condemned and crucified, 
the most wonderful fellowship the world has ever known 
was born. It was made up of those disciples of Jesus, scat- 
tered by His death but reunited by His resurrection, and 
a host of others living in the warmest and closest fellow- 
ship and increasing in numbers every day and hour: the 
Church of Christ — the New people of God, the new Israel, 
the Ecclesia, the Body of Christ, the Church. 

Thus the Church became the nucleus of a new human- 
ity. Its Spirit is the Spirit of Divine Love — not only to- 
ward its own members, but toward all men — It — the 
Church — is interested not only in men's souls, but in all 
that concerns their bodies too, their material and social 
welfare. It will transcend all barriers of class and race 
and nation, all are sinners and all can be saved. This new 
and universal community was created by what God did in 
Jesus Christ and through it God draws other men into it 
and thus saves the world. It is the Body of Christ, the 
Church, God's instrument of reconciliation throughout all 
the ages. And to that end the unchanging function of the 
Church is to proclaim by the Word and the sacraments, 
and by its whole life the message of what God has done 
in Jesus Christ. It is the Church and it is only the Church 
that can tell the story — that God was in Christ reconcil- 
ing the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses 
unto them, and hath committed unto us — the Church — the 
Word of Reconciliation. — Ashland Seminary. 



TiJ&eet&i *i¥ome ^uad 



Lulu Sntl lenberger % 5.00 

Manteca Brethren Church 15.00 

Pennsylvania District Laymen 23.50 

Lucille Crawford 1.00 

Oakville Brethren Church 14.77 

Ashland Sunday School 100.00 

Primary Dept. — Denver Church 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Dale Flora 5.00 

Mrs. H. L. Donaldson 10.00 

Bell Kilhefner 20.00 

Inez Summers 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Porte 25.00 

Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Erbaugh 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Lehman 15.00 

Lois Jean Wertz 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Wertz 10.00 



MARCH 18, 1950 



PAGE FIVK 



Lay J\[ot Ujp For Yourself Treasures 

by J. M. Boivman 



Jesus made the above statement and suggested that we 
lay up treasures in heaven. His illustration of rust, moths 
and thieves indicate the insecurity of putting our trust in 
material things. Many people, even so-called Christians, 
place too much trust in accumulating an estate, often neg- 
lecting to give God His share. We rob God and thus rob 
ourselves of untold blessings. It is not wrong for a man 
to make money providing he takes God into partnership. 
Can you say, "God runs my business?" Is He consulted 
in all your financial affairs ? The Scriptures say that "the 
love of money is the root of many evils." The love of it, 
grasping for it, making it the central desire of our lives, 
is the root of all evil. Take God into your business and 
watch the results. 

Bert Wilson wrote a remarkable book on stewardship 
entitled, "The Christian and His Money Problem." Put 
into practice, his suggestions would make over the stew- 
ardship of most Brethren people. Some of his ideas are 
the basis of this article. "God is in the money-making bus- 
iness with men. He expects them to use their money-mak- 
ing talents not simply for themselves but for His glory. 
This brings upon the farmer, the manufacturer, the bank- 
er and laborer a new motive for money-making ... a pur- 
pose which sanctifies every business transaction . . . Men 
should Christianize all the processes of money-making, 
money-saving, and money-spending; that the Kingdom of 
God should come not only into a man's heart and into the 
church, but into the every day realm of business. 

Jesus was the Creator of the universe as the Agent of 
the Father. We individuals develop industry from His re- 
sources. God supplies the raw materials as well as sun- 
shine and rain; we could have nothing without Him. Money 
is needed for shelter, food and clothing, education, busi- 
ness, recreation, government and religion. God's share 
must come from the increase for it all belongs to Him; 
He permits us to manage it and to give Him back a fair 
share. Do we? Blaine Jarvis makes an amusing statement 
in Coronet magazine as follows under the title: . 

"STILL IN THE RUNNING" 

"I am twenty-five cents. 

I am not on speaking terms with the butcher. 
I am too small to buy a quart of ice cream. 
I am not large enough to purchase a box of candy. 
I am too small to buy a ticket to a movie. 
I am hardly fit for a tip, but believe me, when I go to 
church on Sunday, I am considered some money!" 

In order not to be in the class which lays up treasures 
on eai'th, how much should a Christian put aside to honor 
his Lord? The starting point ought to be about 109r for 
the average Christian. In reality, there is no statement in 
the New Testament that the law of the tithe is to be car- 
ried on as such by the Christian Church, yet God's prin- 
ciple of stewardship and liberality never changes. 
With the great task of evangelizing the world, 
we should realize that the tithing principle was re- 
vised upward, not downward. Do you believe that the 
apostles or the thousands of converts in the early church 
gave less than 10%? Every reason for liberality which 
existed before Pentecost existed after, making the Chris- 



tian obligation to God greater than the Jewish. We are to 
give as God prospers us. Start really giving and see what 
happens. "He that soweth sparingly shall reap also spar- 
ingly; and he that soweth bountifully shall reap also boun- 
tifully. Let each man do according as he hath purposed 
in his heart; not grudgingly, or of necessity; for God loveth 
a cheerful giver . . . and He that supplieth seed to the 
sower and bread for food, shall supply and multiply your 
seed for sowing and increase the fruits of your righteous- 
ness; ye being enriched in everything unto all liberally 
which worketh through us thanksgiving to God." 

Generous giving has two ends, one that reaches afar 
and the other that reaches back into the life of the indi- 
vidual. It increases church attendance, provides cash in ad- 
vance for paying church bills making a good reputation 
for the church in the community and will supply the needs 
of missions and other benevolent organizations of the 
Church. Young native students can be sent to Bible Lichooi 
in Argentina for slightly more than two hundred dollars a 
year for tuition, room and board. Churches up here should 
sponsor one or more of these young students who will 
eventually become missionaries and preachers. Church 
buildings as well as a Brethren Bible School are needed 
very much in Argentina. We are definitely hindered -in 
giving the Gospel to a desperate world because our Breth- 
ren people are satisfied in giving less than one cent a day 
for missions. Somebody is laying up treasures on earth. 
We are going forth conquering and to conquer the world 
for Christ by giving a one cent postage stamp per day for 
the greatest cause in the world. Postage stamp giving 
will never evangelize the world. Most well-to-do Chris- 
tians do not begin to give anywhere near 10 % to the Lord. 
To illustrate, years ago, I knew a deacon and trustee who 
was worth more than one hundred thousand dollars and 
lived in a thirty thousand dollar mansion. He gave eighty 
dollars a year to the Church and bragged about it, while 
a young teacher in the same church making twelve hun- 
dred dollars gave one hundred and twenty. This young 
woman gave to other good causes as well. We should not 
live by bread alone; by lack of education and silence on 
the subject of stewardship, the church has created the 
tightwad. Covetousness is one of the worst of sins men- 
tioned in God's Word. 

Stewardship of intangible values is just as important 
as that of money. We should be good stewards of per- 
sonal influence. Our influence must be on the right side. 
Our time also is important for time is money; we owe the 
Lord a fair amount of our time in definite service. Stew- 
ardship of habits or example is important, as well as of 
uditude. The Christian's attitude should ever be one oi 
encouragement and not that of a cynical critic Construc- 
tive criticism, however, is in order. Then there is steward- 
ship of prayer, and also of our entire life. 

Blessings of partnership with God can be taught early 
to children. Fortunes are often left to children who are 
spend-thrifts. "What shall it profit a man if he makes a 
million dollars and the money ruins his child?" The Breth- 
ren Church needs to awaken to God's plan in order to ac- 
complish God's purpose in giving. Christ gave His life for 
you, what have you given to Him ? Are you merely lay- 
ing up treasures on earth ? Pastor of Peru Church 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Rosario, Argentina, 
South America 
Dear Brethren, 

We praise God with all our hearts and we rejoice for all 
we 'have been able to do in His name during the past year. 
Now we are nearing Easter, we are happy in remember- 
ing our beloved Brethren of the Churches in the U. S. and 
lemind them that Evangelism Work is in our hearts, and 
we feel one in Christ Jesus. 

We press on with renewed vision of prosperity, depend- 
ing on the promises of God for a great future. We are 
awaiting the coming of the Lord soon, but if he delays 
in coming, we expect to continue working for Him active- 
ly ami to win souls in this great harvest field. 

We rejoiced the last year to welcome the arrival of 
Rev. Robert O. Byler and family, and this year past to 
welcome Miss June Byler. With the coming of these dear 
Brethren we have a greater co-operation and help in see- 
ing in the near future, many churches established. Our 
field is extensive and thousands of souls still do not know 
the Grace of God that bringeth salvation. 

We thank our beloved Ainscough, of the Nazarene 
Church, for the article "On Argentina" which we are sure 
will interest all our dear Brethren in the U. S. 

Sunday Schools — Our Sunday schools are increasing in 
attendance and interest all over in all our mission field. 
We have a very good percentage of increase and a spirit 
of revival not only among the teachers but also in the 
members of the different congregations. 

The young people, light, playful, restless in character 
and experience, are gradually taking their place in the 
church. They are becoming more serious, prudent and con- 
secrated, gradually occupying places of responsibility. 

They are co-operating actively and willingly in the 
Lord's Vineyard. We see a growing necessity for a better 
Bible preparation for each one of them and they feel the 
same. For that reason some of them study in Seminary, but 
of another denomination in Rosario or Buenos Aires. Un- 
fortunately there is a small group and we need more help 
so that a larger number of young people be prepared in 
each church. 

The lack of workers obliges the young people to take 
an active part in the mission work and they do it enthu- 
siastically according to their knowledge. They bring pre- 
cious fruit, but they could do more if they had better prep- 
aration. 

In their spare time some of our workers and the young 
people have done scouting work in different new towns 
where the gospel is not known, for example Victoria city, 
Province Entre Rios, with 27,000 inhabitants, good schools, 
high schools, hospitals and many factories, etc., where 
Bros. Jose Varela and Francisco Fiorenza evangelized with 
the object of establishing permanent work, and our Ex- 
ecutive Committee appointed Brother Jose Varela as 
worker for that town. 

Then we have Maria Teresa with about 4,000 inhabi- 
tants, not far from Colon, and Bombal with 5,500 inhabi- 
tants, near Villa Constitucion, province of Santa Fe. There 
is also another town called Wheelright, which is near 
Colon. We have had street meetings and tent meetings 
with a marvelous success, personal work from house to 
house, with Bibles, Gospel portions and tracts, inviting the 
people to our services and talking to them of salvation. 



ARGENTINA 



Our young people co-operate actively in the "Youth for 
Christ movement" which is very active, having celebrated 
meetings in the American and English schools, and re- 
cently we had the visit of two leaders, Mr. Mewill Dunlop 
and W. White from the U. S. in their trips among many 
nations of South America. At the end of the meeting that 
they had, they invited the young people to accept Christ 
and also to renew their consecration. Great numbers of 
young people did so and they were very happy in that 
fellowship. 

The different societies of the Christian Endeavor in our 
cou.try also co-operate under the leadership of President 
Jose Varela, of our Brethren Church of Rosario — Our Cor- 
doba Society has won the shield for 1948-1949. This is 
made of brass with the names of the winner engraved and 
is given to the society that has been most active. 

We have had several district Conferences in various 
cities, e. j., San Nicolas, Villa Constitucion, Rosario and 
Buenos Aires. At Colon the meeting was suspended ow- 
ing to the heavy rains. We finished the year with the Gen- 
eral Convention in .Buenos Aires in November. All our 
Churches sent representatives, the best in number was 
from Gerli, ,B. A. 

We are praying the Lord to bless these good Brethren 
in Gerli, and that they might soon have their own build- 
ing. May God keep them faithful in spite of their diffi- 
culties. 

Many of our young people are now in the Summer 
Camp in Sierras de Cordoba, where our dear brethren of 
the Brethren Church have made possible to have fine stud- 
ies and nice time for the youth. 

We are glad to know that the eyes of the Lord are upon 
those who call unto Him and that His hands are extended 
to bless. 

We are also glad that our dear brethren in the EE. UU. 
are praying for us here in South America, and sacrific- 
ing that this work may prosper. 

We pray God to bless and compensate each member per- 
sonally, Oh! many thanks dear Brethren, for the Unspeak- 
able Gift. 

Always sincerely in our Lord and Saviour, 
Adolfo Zeche, Superintendent. 



TESTIMONY OF THE SEMINARIST— F. P. FIORENZA 

Every time that I have the opportunity of giving my 
testimony, I feel a new confirmation of our Lord's Spirit 
in my heart, that encourages and comforts me to do so, 
giving Him the glory and honour of it. 

I thank God because from my youth I know Christ as 
my Saviour, and because He has taken me from darkness, 
into marvellous light, regenerating, adopting and freeing 
my soul, and cleaning and filling my heart with His Holy 
Spirit. To obtain this Divine Grace I have had to leave 
many things which once I thought were necessary for life, 
but God has supplied this with His richness in glory in 
Jesus Christ; and today, my soul over-pours with joy and 
thankfulness. 



MARCH 18, 1950 



PAGE SEVEN 



NEWS 



Before knowing the Gospel of Immortality, I lived a life 
full of wrongs. Before I was fourteen years of age and tiil 
I completed sixteen, I worked as a singer in an orchestra, 
in feasts and dances, having the opportunity of knowing 
the world well. But, at the same time, I received a great 
and terrible disillusion, as nothing of it could satisfy my 
soul, except Jesus Christ. "He looketh upon men, and if 
any say, 'I have sinned and perverted that which was right 
and it profited me not,' He will deliver his soul from going 
into the pit and his life shall see the light.'' Job 33:27-28. 

From the world I gathered sadness, pain, anxiety and 
illness, and thus I went to Him and He received me, healed 
my wounds and gave me a new life. "The blessing of the 
Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." 
Proverbs .10:22. At the dedication of the Church of Ro- 
sario, I accepted Christ. Then the Lord called me to His 
service in a marvellous way, and ,a short time after I had 
the privilege of being able to prepare myself in Biblical 
Institute of the Nazarene. Before the year ended, I left my 
last job in a commercial establishment, to dedicate myself 
entirely to the service of our Lord. "For the command- 
ment is a lamp, and the law is light and reproofs of in- 
struction are the way of life." Proverbs 6:23. 

Many were the trials and temptations, but the Divine 
Grace never failed to fight for me, and my soul enjoyed 
victory. 

My first work was the colportage, my school of practice, 
where I first sadly noticed the necessity of Christ in the 
hearts of the inhabitants of my country. Ignorance, su- 
perstition, fanaticism and indifference occupied the place 
which the Saviour of the world ought to have; this, awoke 
in me an unexplainable love for those lost souls, and since 
then, I have decided, in my heart and before God, that, 
with His help, I would not rest till I saw my fellow-beings 
enjoy the perfect Salvation, which we only find in Jesus 
Christ. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His 
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should 
not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. Ever 
since, I have had the immense pleasure of visiting differ- 
ent towns, numerous homes and of giving the testimony 
of what Christ has done with my life. 

I am thankful to our dear Brethren Church to do so, 
in this privilege. One of my last experiences was when 
Our Saviour confirmed his calling me to preach the Gos- 
pel powerfully, He spoke to my soul comforting me in my 
insufficiency and promising that he would gwe me "a 
mouth and wisdom, which all adversaries shall not be able 
to gainsay nor resist." Luke 21:15. The Lord is keeping 
his promise and I feel His blessings upon me and a great 
responsibility before God and my fellow-beings. 

In my studies I obtain rich experiences, and the high 
spiritual levelness of my teachers helps me to live highly, 
near God. 

I thank our Master because without deserving even the 
humblest gift, I owe Him everything: perfect peace, com- 
munion, happiness and rest in Christ. Thus my greatest 
aim is to serve, honor, praise and love Him every minute 
of the life which He has given me. 

— South America. 



I nS Argentine ( A Nazarene Minister) 

by Thomas Ainscough — Missionary 

The Argentine is the most cosmopolitan nation of South 
America, with a mixture of about twenty-five different 
nationalities. Italian customs and spaghetti prevail in one 
home, while next door a Spanish family sings its Anda- 
lusion songs, or plays the castanets. On the other side one 
may find a Syrio-Libanese. Of course, like his ancestor, 
the Phoenician, he is in the drapery business. 

These worthy Asiatics play their trade regardless of 
what is happening around them. They are to be found in 
every town and village. Their only pastime seems to be 
meeting with their co-nationals in a cafe and drinking 
coffee brewed in Turkish style, or filling the place with 
heavy smoke and gabbling over the card table. Their wives, 
one wife to each husband, devote their whole time to the 
welfare of their homes, usually very tidy, with the in- 
evitable brightly colored carpets hanging on the walls. 
They speak Arabic continually, switching off only when 
they address "a customer" in Spanish. 

Our second-hand furniture dealer is, of course, a Jew. 
He is an assiduous worker. His children figure amongst the 
best students of the land. Perseverance mixed with keen 
perception has made them a very progressive element. 
I hey are not greatly appreciated, and in some cases de- 
tested. This is due probably to the contrast between them 
and their less industrious neighbor, who in most cases are 
satisfied with a living wage and the least hours of work 
possible. "Our friend" the Jew is to be found occupying 
chairs in all the Universities. Very rarely does he mix in 
politics. Ihe Jews I have met who take part in politics 
are all Socialists. 

Our grocer and green-grocer is generally Italian or 
Spaniard. The short, stout man sitting on a low stool re- 
pairing our footwear answers our questions in Spanish, 
but with a decided Sicilian accent. He is very happy to- 
day because he can send and receive news from his rela- 
tives in Sicily. The milkman, with his boina, in shirt 
Sieeves, striped cotton trousers held up by a broad belt 
to which is attached a purse, is as his boina betrays, a 
Basque. He is hefty, rosy-cheeked, agile in his cloth slip- 
pers; he jumps into his cart while his horse is on the run. 
But who is that long, lean figure with a pipe between his 
teeth and a book under his arm ? He seems to be contin- 
ually scanning the horizon. If we approach him, he will 
answer us with .an unmistakable accent, and with a cour- 
tesy which identifies all Britishers here. The Argentine 
says that the British is "cerrado" (closed in). This is be- 
cause he speaks English in preference to Spanish, and 
frequents the company of his fellow nationals. 

He does not become native like the Latin immigrant. 
He is a die-hard or rather the die-hard of the community. 
Nevertheless, his exemplary conduct, steady go-ahead 
spirit, his habitual minding his own business nature is 
recognized and respected. 

From this universal conglomeration the Government is 
endeavoring to form the National Spirit, and they are 
doing it successfully. These different peoples so diverse 
in their tongues and customs, form an ideal League of 
Nations in a single community. Inter-marriage has done 
much to break down the walls of prejudice. The children are, 
as well as the young people, ardent patriots, and show 
little or no interest in the lands of their parents. 



PAGE EIGHT 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 




^m Argentine Commission 



THE AFRICAN PROGRAM 

Garkida, Nigeria — Leper Colony 

Dr. Howard Bosler and Two Nurses 

(Miss Veda Liskey from Brethren Church in 
Bethlehem, Va.) 

Many Outposts — 1485 Leper patients 

Sunday Schools — Churches 

300 Children in Elementary Schools 

Great Program of Industry 

NEEDED 

Doctors — Nurses — Teachers — Preachers 





Three Argentine Boys 



NEW CHURCH— VILLA CONSTI' 

NEW CHURCH— GERLI 

NEW BUILDING— for Bible Train 

ALSO : Support for our missionaries an( 
More workers — Nurses — Doctors 

ALSO : Support for our missionary nui 
Money and clothing needed — thous; 

BRETHREN MISSIONARY GIF! 
Sunday will determine the scope ( 




Youth Leaders — Maria Teresa 



Sunday School — Villa Con. 



MARCH 18, 1950 



PAGE NINE 



The Zeche Family 
Supt. of Brethren Missions 




CION 

School 
ative leaders. 



Miss Veda Liskey, in Nigeria, 
s suffering. 

AND PLEDGES ON EASTER 
>ur service in this needy world. 




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BRETHREN PROGRAM IN S. A. 

Six Established Congregations 
A number of Outposts 
Organized Sunday Schools 
Organized Sisterhoods 
Summer Camps 
Christian Endeavor Groups 
Evangelistic Tent Campaigns 
Church Paper — "Testigo Fiel" 




Azucena Martin — Ben Herrera Bible Students 



Cordoba convert with Susan and David Byler 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



ARGEKTIHE ITEMS - COR'DOBA 



We must confess to a negligence in the sending of news 
from our work here, but it has not been due to lack of 
news or lack of interest, but solely to the lack of time. 
Our pastor is carrying double work and our workers are 
also hard-working people. Some of them are still studying 
in the university or other schools. Personally, I am work- 
ing long hours on the books which should be finished he- 
fore it is too late. 

The month of January is the month of our summer 
camp and many of our young people were there. The at- 
tendance was large, the weather good, and the Bible 
classes very helpful. Brother Krieger, pastor of the Evan- 
gelical Union Church in San Nicolas, was the principal 
teacher, but was ably seconded by brother Andenmatten 
and Dr. Busse, who lives across the river from the camp. 
Norman Romanenghi directed the physical culture and his 
mother the culinary department. Brother Llense of the 
Free Brethren, was treasurer and Sister Kugler also con- 
tributed much. 

There was a large attendance from Rosario and Cor- 
doba, but our young people from the more distant points 
were unable to come. The young peoples' camp was fol- 
lowed by the family camp, in which parents and children 
can attend together. That is still in session this week, and 
there are missionaries of the Nazarene Church who may 
stay on longer. We can now put up our signboard with 
name and number of concessions we have from the gov- 
ernment for the use of the site for our "campamento." 

This year we had considerable expense in providing a 
supply of light mattresses for the beds, a new roof and 
oil stove for the kitchen, and a cement deposit for water 
for drinking and cooking. We also have a beautiful large 
new boat, which cost some four hundred pesos for the 
materials, including an alumnium covered bottom. The 
work was donated by several of our young men and 
Brother Llense, who is our next door neighbor here. 

For lack of funds to meet the greatly increasing prices 
of printing we have had to issue our church paper, "Tes- 
tigo Fiel," in mimeograph form. Mrs. Grace Farre, who 
has been editor for several years, has, on account of her 
health, been obliged to give up the work, and Norman 
Romanenghi has been chosen to be editor. He has finished 
his year of military service in the air department but hopes 
to take a course in the University. 



The tent used in the summer camp will now be available 
for one or more tent campaigns in the suburbs of the 
city, and we are praying much that we may be guided to 
the proper location, and also that the way may be open 
to care for a new work once it is established. Prices for 
rent or for building have advanced to prohibitive heights 
and we may be obliged to avail ourselves of the open air 
and the limited accommodations of the small houses in 
which nearly all our members live. If we could have bought 
properties ten years ago when prices were only a fourth 
to a tenth of what they are now, we would not have this 
problem now. But the Lord knows our needs and we are 
confident that they will be supplied. 

In regard to our proposed seminary or workers "train- 
ing school," we hoped to begin work in March, but the 
way is not entirely open. Sister Byler is ill and was or- 
dered by the doctor to take a complete rest in the high 
Sierras, where she is now with her husband, while his 
sister, June Byler and one of our church girls here, are 
taking care of the children. Pray that sister Byler may 
soon be restored to perfect health. Amibeosis' is one of 
the prevalent diseases in South America, especially in the 
tropical countries. 

We have the manuscripts for several texts for the Bible 
school ready, but have no means with which to print them, 
and no means of paying the students who work as assistant 
pastors in order to take the courses. Our school year be- 
gins in March instead of September. 

Last night w.e celebrated our monthly Lord's supper, 
which is always an occasion of great spiritual uplift. When 
the weather is not too cold we have it under the paradise 
trees in the back yard, surrounded by the walls of the 
neighboring houses. 

An opportunity has come to purchase a vacant lot only 
a block away for $2500, which is cheap at current prices, 
but we have only $400 in our building fund. 

Brother Andenmatten must rest some weeks under med- 
ical treatment, but our young preachers will take care 
of the meetings. We have been planning for an evange- 
listic campaign during the month of March. In some way 
or other the Lord will provide. 

Sincerely, 
C. F. Yoder, Cordoba, Argentina. 
Editor's note: This letter written February 4, 1950. 



CHURCH DEDICATION— CAMERON, W. VA. 



Sunday, April 23rd, the new church building at 
Cameron, W. Va. will be dedicated with appro- 
priate services. There will be special services 
throughout the day. The Reverend Arthur R. Baer 
has been the pastor for the past seven years. Mr. 
Baer has served his congregation not only as pas- 
tor but as contractor through this long period of 
building. They were greatly hampered at many 
points because of a lack of materials, and for a 
last blow, waiting months for the pews to arrive, 
but their zeal for a new church never weakened. 

The Reverend George H. Jones of Johnstown, 



Pa., will be one of the speakers for the day. The 
General Secretary of the Missionary Board of Ash- 
land will deliver the dedicatory sermon. Miss Na- 
dine Burley, music student at Ashland College, will 
return to her home church to make a special con- 
tribution in the music for the dedication program. 

The program is not complete at this writing, 
but it is expected that other Pennsylvania minis- 
ters and church leaders will be recognized in the 
program. 

The Secretary of Missions will remain in Cam- 
eron for two weeks of special evangelistic services. 



MARCH 18, 1950 



PAGE ELEVEN 



(fcauncted ottct Settled 



by William S. Crick 



"... if ye continue in the faith, grounded and settled, 
and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel." 
Col. 1:23. 

As we plan and pray for a revival of the Lord's work 
here in the Miami, Valley, southwestern Ohio, we become 
increasingly aware of two major withdrawals, one of ac- 
tive families moving out of the community, and the other 
of erstwhile members who have shifted their allegiance 
from the church. However, these situations are present, 
we believe, both in urban and rural communities, and af- 
fect churches of all faiths. 

Shifting Families 

We had come to take for granted the flux of Church 
families as we sought them out in larger cities, but to 
find this situation paralleled in this rural area has amazed 
us. Even in the comparatively brief period of our pas- 
torate here, less than two years, the removal of families 
has brought definite losses in worshippers and workers. 
Distributed over decades, the total loss can prove fatal. 
Of course, newcomers are "prospects," but it requires 
time and patience to implant convictions, foster depend- 
ability and develop usefulness. Families who have replaced 
the departing "faithful" are seldom capable of filling their 
place. 

Economic conditions, of course, are largely responsible 
for family shifting, and over these the Church has no con- 
trol. Possibly, the most the Church can do, is to endeavor 
to "keep track" of families, and individuals, who move 
away with a view to seeing t'hem unite with a Church in 
their new area. This is a service which our Missionary 
Board is in a position to render. If a systematic "follow 
up" had been maintained through the years, our denom- 
ination could have salvaged many shifting Brethren for 
itself, and if not, for the largert interests of the King- 
dom of God. 

Shifting Allegiances 

But the graver problem posed by one-time Church mem- 
bers, is the shift of their allegiance from the Church of 
their youth, to Less worthy affiliations. For the purpose of 
consideration, let us suggest three possible destinies of 
ungrounded and unsettled members. 

We may point first, to those who "desire to be rich, who 
have fallen into temptation, into a snare, and into many 
senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin 
and destruction." (I Tim. 6:6-10 RSV). This description 
includes, we believe, not only those who have become 
lost to the Church because of their mad quest for riches, 
but also those who plunged into those indulgences and ex- 
cesses which riches foster. Like the Prodigal Son, how 
unsatisfying they must find the "far country" to be! Un- 
less they "come to themselves" and return to their first 
love, their soul hunger may become so perverted that they 
relish the "husks!" 



Adventurers 

In the second group, we may include those who have 
sought security and "an experience" by espousing false 
and oftimes blasphemous teachings of left wing religious 
sects and cults. Not being grounded and settled in their 
knowledge and beliefs, they do not discern the errors of 
false teachers who presume to call themselves "Christian," 
and profess to "interpret" the Scriptures, but do so "with 
an axe to grind!" One can not help but feel that, had they 
studied the truth taught by their Church, as they devour 
uninspired "explanations"; and had they been the cru- 
saders for recruits to the church of their youth, as they 
become for false systems, they would have saved both 
themselves, and, to a great extent, the Church which they 
have deserted. While Satan is no delusion, he is the arch 
deceiver! 

Lastly, there are those — and their number is legion — 
who have become neither greedy for riches and what they 
will provide, nor gone adventuring in manifold delusion. 
This category "neglected so great salvation" and, failing 
to "give more earnest heed to the things they were hear- 
ing," imperceptibly drifted away! (Heb. 2:1). They neg- 
lected corporate worship and service, they experienced no 
rejoicing in the Lord, and they came to ignore all oppor- 
tunities for witnessing and for service, naturally, they 
came to feel the Church had no value for them. They came 
to regard their church loyalties like the boy did his bed- 
time prayer. He was observed by his mother, one cold 
night, to hurry into bed, not taking time to say his 
prayer. She asked: "Aren't you afraid to go to sleep with- 
out saying your prayer?" "Yes," the lad admitted, "but 
I'm going to take a chance tonight!" When nothing ad- 
verse "happened" when they "took a chance," they came 
to doubt the value of &11 religious practices. 

The Prescribed "Remedy" 

What can be done to stabilize and foster members, and 
entire families, so they will not become unsettled, and in- 
different? The answer lies both with the Church and with 
the individual. 

The Church as a whole, and members individually, 
should "endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the 
bond of peace." (Eph. 4:3) Members who have insuffi- 
cient "foundation" and a tendency to vacillate, become 
easily "discouraged" by the fault-finding and petty bick- 
ering, practiced by too many so-called "pillar members!" 
Christians may bear one another's burdens, rather than 
add to another's already too heavy burden! We can "con- 
sider one another to provoke you to love and good works." 
We can be "kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving 
one another even as God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven 
us!" How the morale of the Church would rise if these 

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PAGE TWELVE 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



H.EWS 



From the Christian World 




Missionaries — in Burma have suffered many losses be- 
cause of disturbances there. One missionary writes: "I left 
my station to attend a conference in Rangoon months ago, 
and have not been able to get back since, on account of 
the trouble in the area. I had brought only a suitcase, ex- 
pecting to be gone but ten days. Through one of our con- 
verts, who is an official, soldiers were sent to get some 
of my things. The house had been looted and everything 
taken. 

Missionary Crisis — Dr. Garman in "The Voice" tells of 
the crisis which has arisen in fundamental foreign mis- 
sions, that places the entire work in jeopardy. The World 
Council of Churches operating through the International 
Missionary Council of North American Conference of For- 
eign Missions and national councils being set up in various 
countries, is trying to gain a totalitarian and monopolistic 
control of the missionary situation throughout the world. 
Missionaries will not be received in many countries with- 
out the approval of the World Council. 

This is a matter of great seriousness for the cause of 
the true Gospel testimony. Outstanding men of God are 
working to break down this subtle plan, but they need the 
prayers of all true believers. Church leaders should keep 
it before their people as a matter for prayer. — Prophecy 
Magazine. 

Medical missionaries are greatly needed. ,By combining 
a medical knowledge with the knowledge of the Scriptures, 
many a puerson has proved to be a valuable servant to 
Christ. Why not serve God by thus gaining an approach 
through the hearts of men with the miracles of medicine 
and going on from there, save not only lives from physical 
death, but souls from eternal death? This, indeed, is a 
great "church vocation!" 

American Bible Society Sends Bibles to Japan — Dr. Eric 
M. North, secretary in charge of the foreign work of the 
American Bible Society, has just returned from a confer- 
ence in Tokyo with the Japan Bible Society. 

Dr. North reported, in an interview with General Mac- 
Arthur, that 4,000,000 copies of the Scriptures have al- 
ready been supplied to the Japan Bible Society by the 
American people, working through the American Bible 
Society, since the end of the war. 

Three million more copies will be furnished during 1950, 
it is planned. General MacArthur stated, according to Dr. 
North, that thirty million Scriptures will be needed to 
fill the eventual needs of Japan. 

The Japan Bible Society under whose direction the 
Scriptures are being distributed, is developing a system 
of colportage. .The work has been divided into "counties," 
and is under the leadership of a co-leader who in turn se- 
cures volunteer helpers. Visits are made from house to 
house and to all schools. 



The Center of Great Need — The figures on refugees are: 
12 million in Germany 2 million in Pakistan 

V2 million in Greece 5 million in Korea 

700,000 in Palestine Millions more in China 

The word refugee means no country, no home, no job. 
Since 99.9% of us Americans never saw a refugee it is 
impossible for us to comprehend the distress under which 
these people exist. If every church member could see how 
thankful these unwanted people are for our relief we 
would not stop to ask about church credit before we give. 

Norway's project to raise a memorial in Israel to the 
twenty-seven Jewish refugee children killed in a plane 
clash near Oslo has become an international exchange of 
goodwill. In a national drive Norwegians have already 
received guarantees for eighteen of the thirty buildings 
they are contributing to a pioneer farm colony in Israel. 
The Israeli Federation of Labor, knowing of the short- 
age of citrus fruits in Norway, is shipping 1,000 cases of 
oranges to Norwegian school children. 

BELGIAN CONGO 

Miss Viola Walker, of the Unevangelized Fields' Mis- 
sion, gives in the quarterly magazine, Light and Life, an 
account of her recent visit to Pigmy territory in the Bel- 
gian Congo. She writes: 

"This time, those whom we have always had to seek, 
sought us, in eight visits at strange, inopportune times. 
Eight welcome opportunities to renew the teaching of Je- 
sus Christ! The little visitors were of the group first con- 
tacted on that never-to-be-forgotten day of their chief's 
death years ago. This time the little widow, Selua, con- 
fessed Jesus as her Saviour, our first Pigmy believer. 

For each visit to the messenger of her new-found King 
thereafter, she carefully washed herself and her little fam- 
ily- 

In her poverty she brought gifts of palm nuts wrapped 
in leaves. These evidences of the Holy Spirit's working in 
the wild, timid heart so touched the motherly Bantu Chris- 
tian woman with me that she brought one of her own 
bright "dotis" and wrapped around this new little sister 
in Christ. Selua was almost overcome with delight, but 
soon gave her precious possession to a sadly disfigured 
woman in her tribe, to comfort her heart and hide her mis- 
ery. 

We followed the pigmies to a new forest camp in the 
green depths of the jungle and received a welcome from 
all. Selua's face shone with pleasure. When questioned as 
to her love for the Saviour, she confided that the habit of 
smoking had been broken by His power. Under the great 
trees along the river bank, twenty pigmies gathered to 
hear of Jesus Christ once more. 



MARCH 18, 1950 



PAGE THIRTEEN 



To The Land Of Israel 



"By any logic, the creation of the State of Israel was 
not possible. It was born through a will stronger than 
reason, and grew through suffering greater than human 
beings are expected to endure. We began on the bare hill- 
sides under the hostile eyes of armed Arabs. Now we have 
the land and we have the arms. The new immigrants will 
suffer somewhat, but the new state needs them — and they 
need Israel." 

This is a direct quote from an official high in the Is- 
raeli government, and truer words were never spoken. 
Israel has been reborn! A squalling, fighting babe a year 
and a half ago, struggling to keep body (the land) and 
soul (the people) together, today she is making strident 
growth, overflowing her cities and blossoming out with 
new settlements. A veritable John Bunyan, Israel has done 
what many considered the impossible. Now she is open- 
ing her arms wide to claim every homeless Jew her own, 
and even cutting a few teeth on power politics. 

At the present time no one is able to determine the 
exact census of Israel because of the hundreds of thou- 
sands of immigrants arriving from Europe and other parts 
of the world. With an expected increase of some 200,000 
during 1949, Israel's population should number some 850,- 
000 by the first of 1950. Statisticians expect the popula- 
tion to increase to 3,000,000 within the next ten years. 

Israel is stretching its economy to the utmost in order 
to maintain unrestricted immigration. Premier David 
Ben-Gurion has instituted an austerity program that in- 
cludes food rationing and channeling of luxury goods en- 
tirely into export markets. The high cost of living is the 
prime topic of conversation in the sidewalk cafes of cos- 
mopolitan Tel Aviv and over the land, together with the 
immense over-all economic problem of how to make Is- 
rael a more self-supporting country, and still not restrict 
immigration of the half million Jews in eastern and south- 
ern Europe who are waiting their turn to come to Israel, 
and the thousands of Jews in Arab countries from Yemen 



to Morocco, a large majority of whom are also hoping to 
join the mass emigration to the Promised Land. 

Ship after ship waits in turn at the docks for space to 
discharge its eager passengers. Each ship is unloaded 
hurriedly to make room for the next to stretch its gang- 
plank to the shore. Passengers are hustled off the ship 
and through the initial formalities and sent on to recep- 
tion centers. 

These camps and hospitals — for the most part temporary 
tent cities — are set around Haifa and Tel Aviv, principal 
port cities. These accommodate a rapidly flowing stream 
of some 30,000 immigrants. Here they are given their cit- 
izenship papers, identification cards, etc. In a few mo- 
ments time the newcomers are full-fledged citizens of Is- 
rael. 

Prom the reception centers every effort is made to es- 
tablish the new citizens as quickly as possible, generally in 
a thriving agricultural settlement, where they are inte- 
grated into the pattern of life followed by about 30% of 
Israel's population. Many would like to live in cities, but 
they are overcrowded and it is difficult for a new immi- 
grant to find work. Tel Aviv, for instance, is a boom town 
of 340,000 short on living space, foodstuffs and all man- 
ner of commodities and supplies. 

This is a land of the future, of growing cities like 
Haifa, with its busy port and oil refinery; Tel Aviv, the 
mushroom city of bright modernity; Jerusalem, wide 
streets and new buildings spreading over the hillsides. 
Most important of all is the people, Jews from all over 
the world, who are converging in a unanimous drive to- 
ward one goal, the building up of the State of Israel. 

The new State of Israel presents to us as a Christian 
Society a few and far-reaching field of missionary en- 
deavors. The Jews are returning to the land of their 
fathers, but they are returning in unbelief, even as athe- 
ists and agnostics. We are thankful that we can proclaim 
to them the love of God in Christ Jesus by word and deed. 
— The Palestine. 



(Continued from page 11) 

directions were but followed! The fellowship of believers 
can, and should be a great stabilizing factor. 

The Member's Responsibility 

The admonition of our text proves that the individual 
believer has definite responsibilities to live up to, that he 
may continue "grounded and settled." He must remember, 
in gratitude and humility, the tragic life from which he 
was redeemed: "You were once estranged and hostile in 
mind, doing evil deeds." He ought to love the One who 
saved him: "Christ has now reconciled you in His body of 
flesh by His death!" He ought to appreciate the fact that 
Christ has done all this "in order to present you holy and 
blameless and irreproachable before Him!" 

But, and this is the acid test, he must be aware that all 
these blessings remain his, IF he continues — "if you con- 
tinue in the faith, grounded and settled, and be not moved 
away from the hope of the Gospel." 



Conclusion 

We have probed the condition of instability, listed some 
of the kinds of "drifters," decried the ingratitude evi- 
denced by disloyalty, diagnosed some of the causes, and 
prescribed some prophylactics. 

In conclusion, let us rejoice and take heart because of 
the vast percentage of members who are "grounded and 
settled," who have not bowed their knees to the Baal va- 
cillation. This noble majority are established upon the 
foundation, Christ Jesus! Their heads are not turned when 
blessings of prosperity and success rain down upon their 
lives. They withstand the winds of adversity, criticism 
and uncertainty. Their lives are not undermined by the 
floods of emotion, self-pity and doubt! They stand! Let 
us continue in the faith, grounded and settled. 

Pastor of Gratis Brethren Church. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR TOPIC 

W. St. Clair Benshoff, Topic Editor 




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Topic for April 2, 1950 

A POSITIVE PROGRAM FOR SUNDAY 

Scripture: Psalms 118:24, 25; Mark 2:27; Exodus 20:8-11 

For The Leader 

SUNDAY MEANS SOMETHING to the Christian. At 
least, it should! The old Jewish Sabbath was on the 
seventh day of the week. Christ fulfilled the law, and made 
it of non-effect upon the Christian. Christ rose from the 
grave and death on the morning of the first day of the 
week, thus signifying for the Christian the beginning of 
a new day, a new life. Right at the first of the week, He 
arose. Right on the first day of the week, we gather to- 
gether to sing praises unto His 'holy name. Each week as 
we observe the Lord's Day, we show again our faith in the 
resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The 
day on which we commemorate an event so vital to our 
eternal hope should really mean something to us. It is the 
day of the week, of all others, in which we testify to the 
eternal saving hope of the Christ. So, as Christians, we 
must have a positive program for this very sacred day. 
It is to be hoped that we have not gone so far in desecra- 
tion of the Sabbath that we cannot bring it back to its 
original purpose. 

DISCUSSION 

1. WHY A SPECIAL DAY FOR WORSHIP? Could not 
we get along all right with just our daily devotions with- 
out a special day for worship, such as Sunday? Well, 
many people seem to be trying it, but they are not get- 
ting away with it. They are slowly starving themselves 
to a spiritual death. Jesus tells us that the Sabbath was 
made for man, not man for the Sabbath. In other words, 
God knew that man needed a day of spiritual recupera- 
tion each week. So He set aside one whole day for wor- 
ship and rest. Consistently throughout history, when that 
day has been carefully observed, peace and prosperity 
has accompanied it. But when that day has been disre- 
garded in its real sense, troubles have arisen. It has been 
true in nations, in individuals. 

2. THE PURPOSE OF SUNDAY. We are to remember 
it and keep it holy. We are to do our work on the other 
six days. So, that leaves us with a day that is different. 
What to do during that day! Nothing is more boring than 
doing nothing. Many people are just content to sleep and 
act lazy on Sunday. That is, at least until after church 
time. There is no reason why the average person cannot 
get up, and be in Sunday School on time, and remain 
until after church. No reason .at all why they cannot re- 
turn for the evening services. The day is designed for wor- 
ship and Christian instruction. We should get up with that 
thought in mind. We should prepare our hearts through 
prayer and meditation while getting ready and going to 
the church. If we have met God face to face, we have at- 
tained the purpose of the day. 



3. OUR CONDUCT ON THAT DAY. Being a minister, 
we note the actions of people as they come to church, 
while they are in church, and afterwards. We listen to 
what they talk about before and after services. To far too 
many of our people in our churches, the actual service 
is a boring hour between their conversations about the 
weather, crops, and industrial conditions, etc. Some even 
talk right through the services. Other people are always 
late for services. No matter when a service would be an- 
nounced as starting, some would always be late. If they 
were always that late for their daily work, they'd get fired. 
Then why be late for a service in God's holy house ? Others 
will "satisfy" their obligations to their Church by attend- 
ing a Sunday School service, or even "slip" in for church 
(a little late, and rush right out like a kid leaving school) 
and then spend the rest of the day in unbecoming conduct. 
It is not for us to say what we dare do, nor dare not do 
on Sunday. .Bear in mind, though, that a lot of the things- 
people have recently started accepting as "all right" oii 
Sunday, have not drawn those people closer to God. Every 
act on the Lord's Day should be governed by one question. 
"Will doing this break my fellowship and communion of 
worship with God today?" If it does, then it is not fit con- 
duct for Sunday. 

4. SPENDING A SUNDAY WISELY. There are always 
the duties of getting meals and doing up the necessary 
work. Staying home from services to slave over a com- 
pany dinner is a sin! We have yet to hear of any com- 
pany who starved to death waiting for dinner that had to 
be prepared after everybody came home from church. Ma- 
jor preparations can be made on Saturday. The children 
of Israel laid up a double supply of manna on the day be- 
fore the Sabbath so that they would not have to prepare 
on the day of rest. Most certainly, all members of the 
family, well and capable, should arrive in the church in 
plenty of time for services. They should enter into the 
spirit of the services. as God wants them to do, leaving 
outside all irreverent and unnecessary talk. From then on 
until the evening hours of holy worship, the day can be 
spent in reading, sleeping, visiting, walking, motoring, 
etc. Personally we think the best way to spend Sunday 
afternoons is to visit with other Christian folks; some- 
thing which few Christians take the time to do at all a:.y 
more. As an alternative we would suggest that by foot, 
or otherwise, we get out to view the wonders of God re- 
vealed in the beautiful country in which we live. Here we 
too can worship God. Above all, we should anticipate the 
worship of the evening hour. Let there be none of us who 
begin the day with God and end it with the Devil. Close 
the Lord's Day on a high note of spiritual praise in the 
temple of the Lord. 

QUESTIONS 

Make a list of things you consider all right for the Lord's 
Day. Also make a list of things you would consider all 
right on other days of the week, but not on Sunday. 

How would you spend your Sunday? 



Will your children go to school ? What a stupid ques- 
tion! Certainly, all childdren of school age will go to 
school. But what about Sunday school ? — Wynton Window, 
Columbus. 



MARCH 18, 1950 



PAGE FIFTEEN 




Prayer Tfleehng 
Studies 

]By C: 1. ^jilmer 

A CITIZEN OF TWO COUNTRIES 

Scripture: Hebrews 11:8-10; 13-16. 
Hymn: "This World Is Not My Home" 
Prayers 

Seed Thoughts for Discussion: 

JN THE NEW TESTAMENT Christians are called saints 
1 (Phil. 1:1). All who have been separated from sin unto 
God are saints (1 Cor. 1:2). As those who have a life in 
Christ, we are saints (Eph. 2:19). We have an interest 
in two widely separated countries (Col. 1:12). Read Phil- 
ippians 3:20. The word "conversation" in the King James' 
version means "Citizenship." Being "in Christ" we are cit- 
izens of His heavenly kingdom. Residing in the United 
States we have a citizenship by birth or naturalization. 
It took the "new birth" to make us of the heavenly realm 
(John 3:3). Jesus taught us how to harmonize our citizen- 
ship in two worlds (Matt. 22:16-21). We have obligations 
to Caesar, and also to God. 

Paul was arrested for being an ambassador for God, 
and took advantage of his Roman citizenship (Acts 22:24- 
28). We must learn to live as citizens of two countries, 
earth and Heaven. Jesus taught us that we cannot live in 
two countries in the same way at the same time (Matt. 
6:19-24). We can live in two worlds, but we cannot live 
for two worlds. For which are we living — God or mammon ? 
In lieu of the brevity of this life and the endless cycles 
of eternity our main concern should be for the next world 
(Col. 3:1-4). Like Paul, we work for a living but our 
business is winning souls. 

Because Paul was rich toward God he had plenty in the 
midst of earthly poverty (Phil. 4:10-13; 15-18). Paul, the 
aged, had very few earthly possessions (2 Tim. 4:13). 
But having God, he had all (Phil. 4:19). When we have 
nothing that the world counts wealth we can truly pray, 
"Give us this day our daily bread." Many saints and mis- 
sionaries have had to live "a hand-to-mouth existence" — 
"from God's hand to my mouth" as the children of Israel 
in the wilderness. 

Paul the prisoner enjoyed the greatest of freedom and 
joy in Christ (Phil. 1:3, 4; Acts 16:25). In death he had 
life that is life indeed (2 Tim. 4:6-8). Paul knew how to 
die because he knew how to live (Acts 23:1; 24:16). 

"The great Apostle called himself 

'The prisoner of the Lord'; 
He was not held by Roman chains 

Nor kept in Caesar's ward; 
Constrained by love alone, 

By cords of kindness bound. 
The boundslave of the living Christ 

True liberty he found." 

— Annie Johnson Flint. 
The "tent" of our bodies suggests our pilgrim charac- 



ter (2 Cor. 5:1). Our nearness to God makes us strangers 
to this world (2 Cor. 5:6-8). Our strangership to this 
world is the true remedy for worldliness (Phil. 3:7-14). 
Fighting the good fight of faith, we have no carnal weap- 
one (2 Cor. 10:4, 5). Christ as the food of His people can- 
not be enjoyed if this world is allowed to take His place 
(1 John 2:15-17). 




Qonnnents on the Lesson by the Editor 

Lesson for April 2, 1950 

THE CHURCH SUFFERING AND TRIUMPHANT 

Lesson: I Peter 4:12-13; Rev. 7:9-17 

IN THE HISTORICAL book of the New Testament— the 
Acts — and in the Epistles written in the time of the 
early church, we find the church suffering under persecu- 
tion, but meeting such persecution with a steadfastness 
that, while amazing, yet it was only the natural thing 
that followed for those who "knew the Lord." In the Rev- 
elation we find the prophecy of the ultimate triumph of 
the church. Therefore it is not strange that we speak of 
the "Church Militant," and the "Church Triumphant." 

The church must always expect to suffer persecution 
at the hands of sinful men. Peter sensed it when he wrote 
the verses in our printed text. "Do not think it strange," 
he says, "that fiery trials will come. Christ suffered, and 
we must also be partakers in His suffering. Otherwise we 
cannot be partakers of His glory." 

The warning should come to us that only as men de- 
pend on the strength that comes from Christ, can they 
hope to overcome. It is written, "This is the victory that 
overcometh the world, even our faith." 

It is a great satisfaction to the Christian to be able to 
look beyond his sufferings, both mental and physical, to 
the power and glory and peace that is promised to those 
who are steadfast in the faith. 

That the church has been at its best when undergoing 
persecution, with its martyrs suffering physical pain and 
even death, has been proven historically. We need only to 
cite the great persecution of Nero. The writer of Hebrews 
puts it down in the following words (Hebrews 11:35-38): 
"... Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that 
they might obtain a better resurrection; and others had 
trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of 
bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were 
sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword; 
they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being 
destitute, afflicted, tormented; . . . they wandered in des- 
erts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth." 

Then, as if to give his readers a better picture, one that 
would speak of the ultimate triumph of the church, he says, 
(verses 39 and 40): "And all these, having obtained a 
good report through faith, received not the promise (that 
of the final triumph): God having provided some better 
thing for us, that they without us should not be made 
perfect." 



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dollars and cents. Yet there is a close relation be 
week as an expression of our love and gratitude 
ram. 

It is no secret — for many in church circles — 
ary program is the lack of funds. Our offerings 
faith. Increasing numbers of our people are find 
excellent, guiding principle of personal giving. 

How much is our church worth? It is worth 
He may use us to carry out His Will. It is worth 



It is impossible for any one congrega- 
tion to do the Lord's work alone. From 
the very beginning until now local con- 
gregations have been bounded together 
as a Church. Together w.e have pro- 
claimed the riches of Christ and minis- 
tered to mankind in His behalf. 

Now — more than for many years — we 
have become more alive and aroused to 
our responsibility for the missionary 
program. One congregation cannot main- 
tain a college, care for the aged, estab- 
lish new churches, or carry on an ag- 
gressive work in foreign fields but a 
church consisting of a hundred or more 
congregations, with confirmed and loyal 
members, becomes a powerful instrument 
in the hands of God. 

Each year, therefore, every Brethren 
congregation is requested and chal- 
lenged to assume a share of the financial 
responsibility for the promotion of an 
aggressive missionary program. 

The ministry of our church stirs our 
hearts and we look forward to increas- 
ing opportunities for service in the days 
to come. 

Who can estimate the value of our 
Church's ministry? What is it worth to 
nave our church holding aloft the cross 
of Christ in any community, in Argen- 
tina, in Africa, among the Jews? 

How much does our Church cost? 
"Christ loved the Church and gave him- 
self for it." It cost Him His life upon 
the cross. Our Lord paid the full price. 
?Iany valiant souls down through the 
centuries have died for the faith, and 
our twentieth century is rapidly adding 
new names to the long list of Christian 
martyrs. 

Our ministry cannot be measured in 
tween the offerings that we place at the altar each 
to God and the effectiveness of our church's prog 

the one obstacle that hinders an enlarged mission- 
to God are the evidences of the sincerity of our 
ing that the Biblical tithe (10% of income) is an 

the full surrender of ourselves to Christ so that 
our undivided loyalty and deepest love. 



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Tew Things I Would tf)o If I Were 
f[ Layman 

Strive to live an upright, consistent, Christ-like life. 

Witness in my conduct the power of Christianity. 

Visit the sick and strangers in the community; know and greet each per- 
son in my Sunday School Class and Church if possible. 

Be a Christ-like producer of the spirit of harmony, not a pious fraud. 

Help the Pastor make his services outstanding, helpful and inspiring. 

Call on the Pastor often to help him with my interest and ideas. 

Find, what I could do best and then so do it that others woidd want to join 
me in it. 

Offer my services without being asked. 

If talented, dedicate my talents under the proper direction. 

Try to be a ivorshipper rather than a critic, pray for the minister before 
the service rather than criticize him after. 



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Washington, D. C. We quote from .Brother Fairbanks' re- 
cent bulletin: "We were very proud of the Primary and 
Junior Choirs last Sunday. The newly organized Primary 
Choir sang, 'Creation,' and the Juniors sang, 'Great is Thy 
Never-failing Kindness.' They are under the direction of 
Mrs. W. S. Porte." 

Brother Fairbanks reports continued interest and in- 
creased attendance at the Sunday evening services. 

Recently two of the members put up a railing around 
the pulpit and the Furniture Committee is working on 
the covering for the rail. Little by little these things get 
done. 

St. James, Maryland. We note from the St. James bul- 
letin of March 12th that seventeen members were pres- 
ent at the recent meeting of the Laymen's Organization. 

The Boys' Brotherhood has placed new hat and coat 
racks in the vestibule of the church as another of their 
projects. 

We also learn from Brother Ankrum that the District 
Laymen's meeting will be held at the Cumberland, Mary- 
land, church and that the tentative date has been set as 
Friday, April 28th. 

Plans are in the making for the St. James Easter Sun- 
rise Service to be held on Rhodes Hill. Miss Margaret 
Lowery, National President of the Christian Endeavor, is 
scheduled to be the guest speaker. The service will be 
followed by a breakfast at the church. In case of inclement 
weather, the service will be held at the church. 

Cameron-Quiet Dell, W. Va., Circuit. We quote from 



Brother A. R. Baer's bulletin of March 5th: "The big news 
today, so far as the Cameron Church is concerned, is the 
date of dedication. The day for which so many have longed 
and prayed will be Sunday, April 23rd." The first service 
in the Sanctuary was scheduled for Sunday, March 19th. 
Brother Baer goes on to say, "The Berean Class purchased 
maroon velvet material for the front of the baptistry and 
on the rail in front of the platform, and they also pur- 
chased a cabinet to house the tower sound system." 

Congratulations, Brother ,Baer and the Cameron con- 
gregation, for a task well done. 

Revival services at Cameron will begin on April 24th, 
the night following the dedication, and continue for a pe- 
riod of two weeks, with Brother E. M. Riddle, Mission 
Board Secretary, as speaker. 

The Quiet Dell Church, too, is making progress in their 
forward looking expansion program. Brother Baer, who 
is also pastor of Quiet Dell, says, "The new pews for 
Quiet Dell will not be installed until after the building is 
wired for electricity. It is hoped this work will not be 
delayed ... It is pleasant to look forward to adequate 
lighting, for the present lighting will seem like semi- 
darkness in contrast." 

Berlin, Penna. We note from Brother Percy Miller's bul- 
letin that a "Washington Social" was held at the church 
and that about one hundred and twenty-five attended. 
Brother Miller says, "I'm sure everyone had a good time. 
The program and refreshments were wonderful. A great 
deal of credit goes to the Young People's C. E., and to their 
advisor, Geneva Altfather." 

Johnstown, Penna,, Second. Brother N. V. Leatherman 
says, "On Sunday morning, March 5th, we had the privi- 
lege of ordaining Brother Lemon Barkley as Deacon, and 
Sister H. C. Hostetler as Deaconess." They were elected 
to these offices at a recent business meeting. 

Wednesday evening, March 8th, was set aside as "Church 
Night" in the Second church. A covered dish meal was 
served at 6:30. This was followed by a devotional program 
at 7:30, with a miscellaneous program following, which 
consisted of duets, quartets, readings, instrumental num- 
bers, and a .Bible Quiz. The meeting was sponsored by the 
George H. Jones Bible Class. 

Brother Leatherman reports that the interest in the 
Young Church Members Class which he recently insti- 
tuted, as a weekly pre-Easter instructional class, "is con- 
tinuing very well." This is surely a fine instruction for 
the youth and a much needed part of any church's activity. 
He also states that the Teacher Training Class is prog- 
ressing in a fine manner, with interest and responsiveness 
being manifest. 

The church has planned a "Spring Festival of Music" 
which is to be held on Sunday evening, May 7th. The com- 
bined adult choir, the vesper choir, and the future choir, 
as well as quartets will make up the program. 

Pittsburgh, P.-nna. Brother Alvin Grumbling, Pittsburgh 
pastor, .announces special nights in their evangelistic cam- 
paign which will be conducted from April 2 to 9, as fol- 
lows: Monday — Young People's night; Tuesday — Men's 
night; Wednesday — Family night; Thursday — Women's 

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MARCH 25, 1950 



PAGE THREE 




THE REAL WAY OF LIFE 

IN A RECENT ARTICLE in the "Woman's Outlook," by 
Mrs. J. Allen Miller, we noted the following sentence, 
which, we feel, is well worth our meditation in this Len- 
ten season. It reads thus: "We never really see the cross, 
no matter how great our knowledge of the Gospels, or 
how correct our theology, until we see it is a 'way of life' 
which lays a constraint upon us." 

In this Lenten season the above truth should be borne 
in upon us as we meditate on the meaning of Lent. Sister 
Miller's closing words in the above short paragraph would 
seem to encompass the meaning of Lenten observance — 
"a way of life which lays a constraint upon us." 

"Constraint!" When we meet that word there seems to 
arise within us a feeling that there is something here to 
be resented, for we all realize that the common notion of 
.this word is "that which compels, either by physical or 
moral means." We don't like that word "compel." We re- 
sent restraint. As long as a river is confined within its 
banks, it is a beautiful sight, but when it overflows its 
restraining banks or breaks its levees, it becomes a thing 
of terror, for it cannot be stopped and destruction follows. 
This illustration could be multiplied a thousand times in 
different fields of life. 

We believe that Paul meant us to understand this idea 
of "constraint" or "restraint" when he wrote, "I always 
strive to keep my body under" (that is 'buffet my body 
and lead it captive' — marginal reading), and when he said, 
"The good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I 
would not, that I do ... wretched man that I am . . . 
who shall deliver me ? . . . I thank God through Jesus 
Christ our Lord," he was enlarging upon it. 

Paul constantly saw the cross before him as a symbol 
of sacrifice, of self-abnegation, of the "constraint" that 
issued in the "must" that sent the Saviour to the cross. 
He had caught the vision of the value of being held in 
check; of finding the "strait way" that leads to life eternal. 
Jesus laid out that hedged pathway when He said in Mat- 
thew 7:13-14, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide 
is the gate, and broad! is the way, that leadeth to destruc- 
tion, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait 
is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto 
life, and few there be that find it." 

How do these principles work in life, and in the life 
to come? Let me relate a parable. 

While laid up at home with a mild case of "flu" this 
last week-end, I heard a part of a Lenten meditation over 
the radio, as it came from our neighboring Mansfield sta- 
tion. The speaker was stressing the meaning of life and told 
the following parable: 

A certain individual was privileged to visit both Hell 
and Heaven. As he arrived at the lower regions he was 
vastly surprised to see the people seated at a great ban- 



quet table which was literally groaning under the weight 
of the fine foods thereon. But he noticed that those seated 
at the table were anything but happy. He wondered why, 
and, glancing around, he saw a sign which read, "Oniy 
the utensils furnished by the management may be used." 
Then he saw that the knives and forks had such long han- 
dles that it was impossible for these people to put any- 
thing into their mouths and that they were suffering for- 
ever the pangs of starvation in the presence of plenty. 

The scene changed and he found himself in Heaven. 
There, to his astonishment, he saw a similar table, similarly 
laded, a similar sign on the walls, and a similar set of 
utensils. But how different the attitude. There was joy 
and laughter and animated conversation. The reason ? 
These people were not attempting to feed themselves — they 
were feeding each other. They had learned that there could 
be joy in "constraint" and that it only means "restraint" 
insofar as they permitted it to so do. They had learned 
what Paul meant when he wrote, "For the love of Christ 
constraineth us . . . that they which live should not live 
unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and 
rose again." 

Think it over! 



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r?^4 (fad (fate Out o£ SttfCe? 



SOME TIME AGO A TRADE JOURNAL carried an ar- 
ticle under the caption, "And Now God Has Gone Out 
of Style." This article was inspired by a paper which was 
read by a teacher of science in ,a girls' school. The writer 
of the article, in keeping with the interpretation given, 
took the multitude of high-sounding terms to mean about 
as follows: 

"The God of our fathers is too old-fashioned to secure 
the respect of this advanced age. The religion of our 
mothers is obsolete. Modern science must make unto itself 
(and for the use of others) a new god 'in the image and 
after the likeness of the findings of scientists and formu- 
late a religion in keeping with the professor's idea of the 
fitness of things. 

"The God of omniscience and omnipotence should be 
replaced by one who knows only what science teaches him 
and whose power is circumscribed by certain boundaries 
within which science is willing for him to operate. 

"A God of personality must step down and surrender 
what part of His throne science permits to remain to a 
machine-made product. 

"The old-time God of justice, mercy, and love must pass, 
like the ox-cart, and mule wagon, to give room for one 
driven by a dynamo. Presumably, he would be succeeded 
by new models to match future whims or discoveries of 
science. 

"The God who 'pitieth like as a father' and answers the 
prayers of His children will be succeeded by another who 
must beg and cajole science to bestow upon it such prerog- 
atives as it might desire to enjoy." 

Since the above is so nearly the attitude of the present 
Communistic ideas that are being presented to the world, 
it will be well for us to see whether there is anything in 
the Word of God to help us over the subtle and cunning 
attempt to do away with our God and Father. It makes 
us think deeply concerning all of its implications. 

When we look at the title of this article, "Has God Gone 
Out Of Style?" we are made to ask another, "Has God 
Ever Been in Style?" 

When we turn to the Bible and to history we look in 
vain for an affirmative answer. 

Before Noah's Ark, God was far from a popular idea. 
Remember that Noah's faith in God made him a laugh- 
ing-stock for those his age, that is, as long as any of his 
fellow citizens were Left to laugh at him. 

Sodom was quite a stylish city in Abraham's day. But 
remember that a search of that city could only disclose 
the presence of ten believers. 

Moses met with constant ridicule and multiplied threats 
of being stoned to death and that for no reason other than 
his insistence that the will of God be done. 

The taunts of enemies and the doubts of friends met 
the Psalmist. Alike they asked, "Where now is your God?" 

Isaiah realized that his message from Jehovah fell on 
deaf ears and failed to penetrate the stony hearts of those 
to whom they were delivered. 

The entire book of Lamentations shows Jeremiah's 



grief at the things he saw come to pass on account of the 
unbelief of those called the chosen people of God. 

And when we come to the New Testament writings we 
find that they show that God continued to be as unpopu- 
lar as before. 

John the Baptist testified of God. High society cut off 
his head. 

The Old-fashioned Son of this old-fashioned God was 
persecuted and rejected. They they crucified Him. 

Of the apostles chosen by Jesus, only John, the beloved 
disciple escaped a martyr's grave. But he was forced to 
spend a lonely exile on Patmos, and tradition tells of other 
hardships endured for his faith. 

Disciples everywhere were scattered abroad or cast into 
prison. In Rome the center of styles, many Christians 
were thrown to devouring wild beasts. Others were cov- 
ered with pitch and set on fire to light up the Emperor's 
gardens. 

As we go on through the early church history, we find 
that the early church Fathers found it no better. 

Polycarp, Ignatius, Justin, Origin, Irenaeus, Cyprian, 
Ambrose — these are just a few of the names from the roll 
of Martyrs in the centuries immediately following New 
Testament times. 

Later on, untracked forests, lonely mountain tops and 
hidden caves furnished the only shrines where one could 
worship God after the dictates of his own conscience and 
remain unmolested. 

The Reformation found it far more in style to torture 
and kill those who refused to agree with whatever idea of 
God might prevail in a certain section than to worship 
Him. 

Waves of atheism and infidelity swept over the eight- 
eenth and nineteenth centuries and threatened to annihi- 
late God. Critics boastingly predicted that within twenty- 
five years a church could not be found and that the Bible 
would be an unknown book before the century passed. 

Will someone please tell us when God has been in style? 
Both the Bible and history fail to do so. 

Therefore we ask ourselves a second question — "Is God 
ANY MORE OUT OF STYLE THAN USUAL?" 

There are people who would answer with a vehement 
"Yes." They desire it to be so, therefore it can be but true. 
And there are always some devout but discouraged dis- 
ciples who are foolish enough to agree with them. This 
is due either to personal pessimism or to the discouraging 
conditions by which they are surrounded. They console 
themselves with the fact that it has been happening all 
through the ages, and that it must come and that there is 
nothing they can do about it. 

They assert that the churches are losing in numbers 
and influence. They point out that the churches are losing 
in their attendance; that ministers are not held in the 
same esteem as formerly. 

But are such assertions true? If the truth is known it 
is exactly the opposite, for churches are constantly grow- 
ing in membership. Likewise their influence is increasing 



MARCH 25, 1950 



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for they are more widely recognized as a force for good 
than ever before. Turn on the right programs on your 
radio and you will find that there is a definite religious 
trend being given them and there is a constant urging the 
listeners to "attend the church of your choice." More 
churches are filled to overflowing today than ever before. 
Church buildings are being enlarged to accommodate the 
added attendants. Scarcely a church that is either in the 
midst of ,a forward looking program of enlargement or 
repair, or that has just completed such a program or is 
beginning to plan such a program. 

And the accusation that the minister is not held in high 
esteem! How untrue, or how unfounded. The true preacher 
of the Gospel of an old-fashioned God considers it a com- 
pliment to be deemed approachable by all the people. He 
has no desire to be "toadied to" or to be placed upon a 



pedestal as untouchable. If he is a real pastor he delights 
to touch elbows with humanity, for it is only by such con- 
tact that he is able to sense their problems and to help 
them over the rough places. 

Let us remember that God is not governed by style. 
Styles change, but God remains constant. He was before 
this present generation of people who would "change" 
Him into a non-personal .Being; and He will be the Eter- 
ral "I AM," the ever-Living, ever-Loving, ever-Powerful, 
ever-Helpful God, long after those who would destroy Him 
to make Him out-of-date, out-of-style — have crumbled to 
dust and found to their sorrow that all that He spoke is 
true. 

God has not gone out of style, for He never was in style 
with men. But he has never changed and He never will. — 
Adapted. 



Brethren Church History 



By Re 



AnLr 



Valentine Reichard, M. D. 

NEARLY NINETY-TWO YEARS AGO, or to be exact 
on October 16, 1858, there was born in the farm 
home of John and Julia Ann Reichard, approximately one 
mile south of St. James, Maryland, a son. Of the five sons 
and three daughters to bless this Dunker home, this was 
the youngest son. The name given him was in part that of 
his Uncle Valentine Reichard, a Physician. However for 
his middle name they gave him the name of Milton. Little 
did they realize that the Nephew would devote his life 
to the healing of the ills of humanity, not only physically 
but Spiritually as well. 

The lad grew to manhood on his father's farm, blessed 
by parents in that day who realized the need of an edu- 
cation. While none of the children were sent to College 
by the father, he gave them the advantage of the best 
Public School instruction of his day. He went so far as 
to hire from his own funds, teachers to supplement that 
given them in the regular school program of the day. 
Young Valentine attended the public school until he was 
eighteen years of age, and then taught in the Washington 
County Schools for three years. Later he entered the 
Pennsylvania State Normal School at Millersville, Lan- 
caster County. Here he remained until his Junior year. 

There was a desire in his heart to take up that which he 
felt would be serving his fellow men in the healing of 
the ills to which man was heir. With that in mind he 
entered the office of Dr. McPherson Scott of Hagerstown, 
Maryland, in the Spring of 1880. Perhaps this was in a 
way a test as to whether he would go on to make this 
his life work. 

Apparently the trial was successful, for in the fall of 
1880 he matriculated at the Jefferson Medical College, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was graduated from this 
College in the Spring of 1882 and began his Medical pro- 




fession in his home community at Fairplay, Maryland, 
June 1, 1882. Being progressive in mind he availed him- 
self of refresher courses and kept up with the advance 
of his profession. Among his medical associations and 
honors were memberships in the American Medical Asso- 
ciation and the Medical Chirugical Faculty of Maryland. 
He was the founder of the Cumberland Valley Medical As- 
sociation and was its President for some time. He was 
also medical attendant and Lecturer on Hygiene at the 
St. James School in the community of his birth. 

Dr. Reichard was not a one talent man. Neither did he 
hesitate in rendering any aid possible to his fellow men. 
When he was twenty-nine years of age he attended preach- 
ing services held in the St. James community by a visit- 
ing Evangelist, Rev. E-. M. Jerold and was converted. He 
had learned to know the young aggressive pastor of the 
St. James Brethren Church, who was a few years his Jun- 
ior. It must have been a pleasure to all concerned when 
this young pastor, Isaac David Bowman, on March 4, 
1888 administered baptism to the young Physician. Fol- 
lowing his baptism he became a member of the St. James 
Brethren Church. This like his medical work was taken 



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very seriously and within a month he was ordained to the 
Office of Deacon. 

It was discovered that he had perhaps inherited some 
of the ability to speak in public which was inherent in his 
Dunker ancestors and within a year he began to use this 
talent. He was eloquent, but for reasons best known to 
himself, he was not ordained to the Ministry. Perhaps he 
felt that by remaining a Lay Preacher as it were, would 
give him the opportunity to reach people that otherwise 
would be aloof. He was especially active in Sunday School 
work and was President of the Washington County Sunday 
School Association until the year 1905. 

He did much preaching, not only in his own church, but 
wherever the opportunity afforded. In the Churches, 
School houses, standing on porches and anywhere that 
people would gather, he was willing to address them. He 
could always be depended upon to serve as supply pastor 
of his local congregation in times when the regular pastor 
was called away. 

Dr. V. M. Reichard must have inherited from his grand- 
father, Daniel Reichard, a German Baptist Minister who 
was born in 1780 and died the year following the birth of 
Valentine, a hatred for whiskey. His grandfather was 
among the first in this section of Maryland to attempt to 
sret his harvesting done without supplying the customary 
liquid inspiration to the workers. Daniel was advised that 
he could not secure help without it, but he was willing 
to try, even if necessary to pay additional wages. He taught 
the people of the community that that which had been con- 
sidered necessary was not so. Dr. V. M. Reichard traveled 
from place to place after the visitation of the day or the 
office work was over and gave many a Temperance Lec- 
ture. 

Valentine Reichard and Fannie Martin were married at 
Bakersville, Maryland, on March 18, 1885. To this union 
was born one son, whom they named John Davis, who 
was born on February 19, 1889. He, like his father and 
great Uncle, followed the work of the Medical Profession. 
At the present he is in Staten Island, New York. 

Dr. V. M. Reichard was interested in many things. For 
some ten years he was partner with his brother Daniel 
m peach culture. They had taken over the farm known 
as "The John Brown Farm," which lay between Sharps- 
burg, Maryland and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, where 
they devoted the farm to the growing of peaches. The 
writer was told by a relative that the main interest of 
Dr. Reichard was not so much the growing of peaches, 
but the securing of another place or preaching point. A 
meeting would be started among those rich in desire but 
poor in this world's goods. An offering would be taken 
each night. This was not to remunerate the speaker who 
gave his time gladly, but to ascertain as to whether they 
could get enough funds to buy kerosene to supply light 
for the next night's service. If enough was secured, services 
were announced and the willing Doctor returned the next 
night and preached to the gathered throng. 

The farm was not without its tragedy as the Doctor's 
hrother, John, was accidentally killed when in falling he 
was run over by a wagon loaded with peaches. 

No group was too small for him to address. Wherever 
people gathered he was willing to speak, standing on 



porches, handy stumps, or in churches. On one Sunday as 
he was standing on a porch overlooking the road below, 
at what is known as Dam Number four on the Potomac 
River, preaching, an angler came marching through the 
crowd. Looking up at the speaker he called out, "How 
are you Doctor?" then went on his way after calling at- 
tention to his catch. Later the Doctor-Preacher jokingly 
said, "I got some of those bass." 

There was a union Sunday School in Fairplay, the Doc- 
tor's home, of which he was the Superintendent. Many 
people came to this school from time to time, and various 
Faiths came to hold services in this building. One group 
was noted for its activity and in the ecstacy of its relig- 
ious fervor at times jeopardized the safety of the build- 
ing when, on several nights, the heating stoves were near- 
ly topped over. They shouted in their enthusiasm, an invi- 
tation to Jesus "to come quickly," "come tonight," "come 
right away," and to judge from their utterances they could 
hardly wait the time of His coming. To a certain resident 
of the community whose name must not appear in this 
article, it had gone far enough, when he decided to "aid" 
the seekers. There was a window in the rear of the church, 
far above the main Auditorium. One night this man se- 
cured a long ladder and took his place to await the usual 
invitations from the shouting, milling members of the 
group. 

That night when the religious fervor had them in its 
grasp and many invitations were being shouted "to come 
quickly," "Come right away," there came to them from 
a high pitched voice with the words falling upon their 
ears, "I'll be down directly." In less time than it takes 
to tell it, a silence so great that it could almost be felt fast- 
ened itself upon the audience which a few minutes before 
had been a seething, shouting group. A lesson could be 
drawn from this, but the reader is free to reach his or her 
own conclusion. The man who participated that night was 
in no position to talk over the part he had played with- 
out giving himself away, but later it came out. 

The Woodburn Brethren Church located a few miles 
South of Downsville was also the scene of many of the 
Doctor's sermons. This was a part of the St. James Con- 
gregation. The church has long since been razed with a 
part of the structure being used in the constructing of a 
Sunday School addition to the present St. James Church. 

Dr. Reichard was progressive and was among the first 
to adopt the use of the Automobile to his practice. This 
he frequently loaded with admiring youngsters joyfully 
taking them for rides, sometimes to their intense fear 
when descending the Potomac River hills. 

While not a large man as to stature, he was a man 
large of heart. No one came to him in vain for help, be- 
cause they were unable to conrpense him for his services. 
Day or night he was willing to go to the aid of his fellow- 
men. The great amount of charity work he did is likely 
known only to the recording Angel in the City of Light. 

One of those who appreciated the work done for the 
many in need, was the late Mr. J. M. Sperow, a friend of 
the St. James Brethren Church, and, in a literal sense, a 
neighbor, Mr. Sperow at his own expense had caused to 
be painted a beautiful life size oil image of the Artist's 
conception of the Christ and placed this upon the wall back 



MARCH 25, 1950 



PAGE SEVEN 



of the pulpit, dedicating it to the memory of Dr. Reichard. 

While not able to attend the Conferences of the church 
owing to his multitudinous duties, he was always upper- 
most in urging a good attendance from among those whose 
work permitted their going. In his political life he was 
just as progressive as in other matters. In Politics he was 
Republican, but when the Progressive Movement came 
along in 1916 he was candidate for United States Sena- 
tor from Maryland. However in this quest he was unsuc- 
cessful. 

Dr. Reichard was fond of the old Gospel Hymns and 
always enjoyed them. On Sunday, January 26, 1919, in 
the Union Sunday School which was his pride and joy at 
Fairplay, he called for his favorite hymn which was, "Just 
When I Need Him Most." Unknown to not only the very 
active Doctor-Minister, but unknown to the audience as 
well, the gates to the City of the Great King were slowly 
commencing to open. In the afternoon he made a trip to 
Hagerstown, returning to his home about 8:30. He retired 
in a short time after reaching his home. Later Mrs. Reich- 
ard discovered that his breathing was not natural and in 
a few minutes the life devoted to the unselfish service of 
his fellowmen went out with the tide at 10:00 o'clock. At 
the age of sixty years, three months and ten days the busy 
heart, mind and hands were together at rest. 

The sad news was soon flashed throughout the com- 
munity in which he had been born and where he had spent 
his life. On a cold January day, sorrowing friends gath- 
ered in the Union Church at Fairplay to pay their last 
tribute of respect to one who had given them, health, hope 
and cheer, in their daily lives. The funeral was conducted 
by Rev. H. W. Nowag, then Pastor of the St. James 
Brethren Church, assisted by Rev. W. L. Remsburg. The 
pallbearers were his six nephews, John Reichard, Roy 
Reichard, John Schindel, David P. Schindel, John Coffman 
and Rowland Reichard. Honorary pallbearers were from 
the Medical Fraternity and consisted of Dr. McPherso.ii 
Scott, Dr. J. W. Humrichhouse, Dr. W. D. Campbell, Dr. 
A. C. Maisch, Dr. Wm. Nihiser and Dr. Victor D. Miller. 
The body had lain in state at the church from 12:00 to 
2:30 the day of the funeral. His grave was dug, hard 
by the road in the Manor Cemetery. A marble monument 
carries a modest statement as to the one who sLeeps below 
the surface of the ground. In June, another grave was 
dug and his faithful companion was laid to rest by his 
side. 

Though over thirty years have passed since he went to 
his reward, there are many who still treasure his memory 
as a Christian Physician and Gentleman. 

In these days when selfishness seems to be uppermost 
in the lives of so many whom we meet and of whom we 
read, it is inspiring and uplifting to talk to so many as 
the writer has done. To hear their eulogistic compli- 
ments of a man who in reality worked himself to death 
in order that he might give the fullest measure of devo- 
tion to those who came to him in their need. So perhaps 
the oil painting of the Christ walking down the road with 
outstretched hands, in the St. James Brethren Church, 
reaching out to suffering humanity, quietly speaks of the 
Doctor-Minister who also turned none away. Yes! The 
world is better because he traveled through it. 



Death came to one of our older ministers when Elder 
J. L. Bowman of Jones Mills, Pennsylvania, passed away 
on Tuesday night, March 7th. He became ill at his home in 
Jones Mills, Westmoreland County, where he and Mrs. 
Bowman had moved from Vinco, Pennsylvania, last May. 
Shortly after he became ill he was removed to the hos- 
pital in Connellsville, where the end came. 

Brother Bowman was eighty-four years of age, and had 
retired from active service in the ministry some years ago. 

He was born at Jones Mills on March 1, 18S3. He was 
p-rsduated from California State Normal School and "ater, 
in 1898, from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. 
He was ordained to the ministry in the Jones Mills Church 
and served his first regular pastorate at Vinco, preaching 
both there and at the Pike Brethren Church at Mundy's 
Corner at differert times during his long ministry. He 
served as pastor at Berlin, Pennsylvania; Linwood, Mary- 
laid; Louisville, Ohio, and other places. 

Besides preaching, .Brother Bowman was a successful 
teacher in the public schools, teaching whenever and wher- 
ever opportunity offered. 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mattie Bowman, their 
married life having extended over a period of more than 
sixty years. They had no children. 

The funeral services were conducted at the County 
Line Church of the Brethren, near Jones Mills, o i Thurs- 
day afternoon, March 9th, the sermon being delivered by 
Rev. Gould, Church of the Brethren minister, who was a 
spiritual son of the deceased. The undersigned, pastor of 
the Vinco Brethren Church, assisted and also acted as one 
of the pallbearers. The Vinco Male Quartet furnished ap- 
propriate music for the service and acted as pallbearers, 
as did Walter Richter, a close friend of Brother Bowman. 
Interment was made in the Vinco Cemetery. 

W. B. Brant. 



Be Still and Know That I Am God 

Mrs. Dale Heeter 

Oh, God, I was afraid 

Until I saw you in the earthquake! 

Afraid of scornful men; 

Afraid Thy work would suffer 

And faith from earth would take. 

But assurance sure, was there — . 
"I am still on the Throne, 
And over the affairs of men. 
I am God. I change not; 
I am able to keep my own! 
Let not your heart be troubled!" 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



National Sunday School Association Page 

Conducted by Rev. N. V. Leatherman 





The Problem of The Indifferent 



THE INDIFFERENT, like the poor, we have with us 
always. What shall we do with what is so often re- 
ferred to as "dead wood" in the church's constituency ? 
The practice which is so often resorted to by both the 
church and the Sunday School is to periodically "revise" 
the enrollment or membership, placing the indifferent 
ones on what is commonly called the "inactive list," where, 
far too often, they become permanently "lost," both as 
Christians and also to the school and church. This prac- 
tice is almost universal in the churches.. 

There might be three serious objections raised to this 
a.l but universal method of keeping records: 

First. Such a revision is all too apt to not be genuine- 
ly honest. Few churches have the courage to make a thor- 
ough and honest revision. For instance, relatives of im- 
portant members are not dropped when everyone knows 
they should be. To drop these from the roll might cause 
the church to suffer loss in a financial way, and that in- 
fluence will continue to keep the roll still in an unbalanced 
condition. 

However, in many Sunday Schools there is a set rule 
for such revision. For example, so many Sundays must 
elapse before a name is placed on the roll, and by the same 
token, after so many Sundays have passed without appar- 
ent desire on the part of the enrolee, the name is auto- 
matically dropped from the general roll. 

Second. "But," we ask, "is this effective?" In the case 
of annual revision which takes place in so many churches 
and schools, the problem is ever present. The causes of 
the seeming indifference on the part of these people have 
all too often neither been learned nor met. Such constant 
revision seems to indicate that there can be little or no 
numerical advancement. No member or enrolee should be 
dropped until sufficient effort has been made to restore 
such an one "in the spirit of love." 

Third. Who is to say when a member is "lost?" When 
is a member "lost?" When should a church or school cease 
its efforts to restore the indifferent to the fellowship of 
the redeemed; to press upon him the necessity of his pres- 
ence and his responsibilities and privileges ? What would 
Jesus do under the circumstances ? Would He cease to 
"search and to find?" 

Probably the best field of labor is to be found among the 
indifferent. They have been touched with the Gospel at 
one time; they are teachable; they have in former times 
assumed responsibilities and they are more or less aware 
of their relationships, and thus their consciences and minds 
form the best field for the work of the Holy Spirit. In 
touching such, it is best to pray that the Holy Spirit go 
ahead of you in preparing the heart and mind of the indi- 
vidual for such approach. 



In many Sunday Schools a "Personal Interest Cam- 
paign," the object of which is to interest personally every 
member of the Sunday School in every other member of 
the Sunday School. This campaign is conducted along lines 
something like this: 

A list of the enrollment is made, exclusive of the shut- 
ins, those regularly employed on Sunday morning during 
the Sunday School hour, and those who are called "per- 
manently home-bound." The list thus made forms the group 
with which the campaign will deal. Those who could come 
if they would are called "participants." The school is chal- 
lenged to secure the attendance of these participants or a 
reason for their absence. Cards and pencils are placed 
in the book racks, or in some other accessible place, and 
at one point in the service or in the class each person 
present is asked to write his or her name, address, tele- 
phone number, and give whatever information he may con- 
cerning a member who is absent. On this card is placed 
the definite information available that will help in the 
conduct of the campaign. For example, if the member is 
sick an "S" is placed on the card; if he is out of town an 
"0" is placed there, and if he is taking care of a sick 
person an "H" is put after his name, meaning that he is 
"homebound." Members are urged to send word as to why 
they are not there. Each Sunday the number of unac- 
counted for is announced and an effort is made on the part 
of the school officiary to arouse some interest on the last 
one of these indifferent ones. 

"Constant pressure" rather than "high pressure" is the 
method used. Special services are arranged from time to 
time that might attract the indifferent. The mails are 
used frequently and freely, and some calling is done as 
opportunity is offered. ,But the main emphasis that should 
be used on Sunday is to constant keeping before the school 
the advance or failure of the campaign to bring more in- 
terest and attendance. The record of attendance seems to 
be sufficient in most cases to keep up the interest. The 
length of the campaign can easily be suited to the needs 
of the individual school. 

Splendid results should be found as the years go by, if 
this type of effort is put forth consistently. It is persist- 
ence that counts; members long despaired of turn up un- 
expectedly. They feel right toward the school because the 
school has been patient with them. 

But the question arises, "What about those who do not 
respond ? There is no final answer to that question. Only 
the passing years of persistent effort will bring the final 
results to view. The problem may be solved in one year, 
in five years, in twenty years. The main idea is that we 
should never be totally discouraged. True, revisions must 
be made, but care should be made in so doing. The "dead 



MARCH 25, 1950 



PAGE NINE 



wood" will be less and less and the need for drastic revi- 
sion will become less urgent. 

The by-products are most interesting: 

1. The attendance of the school is stimulated unexpect- 
edly. 

2. The membership of the school become better ac- 
quainted with each other's problems, and thus become less 
critical; they will learn to deal kindly with others. 

3. It provides the pastor of the church with a growing 
list of prospects. When everyone is signing a card the 
stranger will not hesitate nearly so much to also sign and 
give information concerning himself. 

4. It will keep the Sunday School records up-to-date. 
Addresses are so frequently changed without being so re- 
corded on the books of the classes that here is the oppor- 
tunity to make such changed addresses available to the 
secretaries and the pastor. It has been said that the ad- 
dresses of the average congregation have a 10% turnover 
each year. In larger cities it is many times a greater per 
centage. 

5. It perfects a better groundwork for future work in 
planning and working the general program of the Sunday 
School. 







Considerable time has elapsed since our board last re- 
ported on the Canal Project at Lake Shipshewana, so we 
are endeavoring to bring you up-to-date on same. 

If you will recall, our Indiana District Conference gave 
us the go-ahead sign in 1948 and we have been working 
slowly and faithfully at the project ever since, and can 
now report the work nearly finished. When we say "nearly 
finished," we mean that the surveyor needs to complete 
the laying out of the lots and roads so that we can intel- 
ligently tell you where your lot is located in the new addi- 
tion. 



There will be water front lots, hill-side lots, and many 
other beautiful lots to suit the desires of our own people. 
When we think of the lots for sale at Shipshewana, let us 
not only think of our own personal desires, but let us think 
most concerning the improvement it is making to the 
Brethren Retreat for our own Brethren Young People. 

Our own Brethren people will be given the first oppor- 
tunity to purchase one of these beautiful lots. In fact, 
Shipshewana Retreat is yours, and we are inviting you 
to help us in clearing the indebtedness by purchasing one 
of these beautiful lots. 

At this point, let us tell you that we have borrowed 
$8,000.00 from the Benevolent Board of our Church, and 
pay this Board 4% interest. We want to say that the 
Benevolent Board has cooperated with our Board in every 
respect and it is this sort of cooperation that will make 
our Brethren Church great. Now if we can have the co- 
operation of our churches in purchasing of these lots, we 
can guarantee a beautiful, clean Camp Ground for our 
own Brethren people, free of debt. Where can we spend 
our dollars more profitably than here ? We are not ask- 
ing to give your money and not receive anything in 
return. On the contrary, we give you value received, plus 
a guarantee that you will have a Christian Camp for your 
future. 

Many of our older people already know of the advan- 
tage of Lake Shipshewana, and how our Indiana District 
Conference has been held there in years past. We expect 
to dedicate this new work to the Lord at our next District 
Conference. You will want a part in it, I am sure. So 
watch for the date of the 1950 Indiana District Confer- 
ence. 

While we are writing on this subject, may we add that 
the prospects for our 1950 Camp work at the Brethren 
Retreat are brighter and greater than they have been for 
years. Brother and Sister Everitt, who so faithfully con- 
ducted the affairs of the Hotel, expect to be with us again 
this coming year. It is indeed a pleasure to work with 
such people as Joe and his wife, who are members of our 
Brethren Church at South Bend, Indiana. 
Everett E. Miller, 
Chairman Board of Trustees. 



rf Ttote 'plow, fane Sylet 

Brother E. M. Riddle, our Missionary Secretary, received 
the following note from Sister Jane Byler, and has asked 
us to include it in our Evangelist this week, since there 
will be no Missionary issue for several weeks, as the cur- 
rent issue is now on the press. We quote: 

"Many thanks for your many assurances of prayers in 
behalf of a return to health. I am happy to report that I 
am practically cured and only need to build up the strength 
I had lost through the treatment and sickness. It is really 
wonderful to be up and about again, and we are grateful 
another time for the fellowship of prayer. All these things 
just add to our experiences and often enrich our lives 
with unseen blessings. 

"Mrs. Jane Byler." 

The note was dated March 7, 1950. 



PAGE TEN 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



Items of General Interest 

i L/onunued from Page 2) 

night; Friday — Sunday School Class night, with a very 
special service. 

On Sunday, March 19th, following the morning service, 
a pot-luck dinner was held in the church basement. The 
dinner had a two-fold purpose — first, to fellowship to- 
gether, and second, to distribute invitation cards for the 
meeting. Members of the church were also visited. 

Vinco, Penna. Brother W. B. Brant, Vinco pastor, writes 
the editor as follows: "We are moving our household goods 
into the new parsonage which was recently purchased by 
the church. It is located directly across the street from 
the church itself. More about this later." 

A group of the Vinco Christian Endeavorers visited the 
Third Johnstown Christian Endeavor meeting on Sunday 
evening, March 12th. 

A Day of Prayer was held on Monday, March 20th. At 
this time prayer was made for both the Bible Conference 
to be held at the Vinco church and for the field of Foreign 
Missions. Dr. L. E. Lindower, of Ashland, is holding this 
Bible Conference from March 22-26. 

The W. M. S. held their Public Service on Sunday eve- 
ning, March 12th, with Rev. J. K. Donat, former mission- 
ary to Africa, who spoke and showed curios. 

Meyersdale, Penna. We quote from Brother W. S. Ben- 
shoff's bulletin of March 5th: "After two Sundays in the 
basement, we are back up in our Sanctuary. A lot of hard 
work has been done in the past several weeks. First the 
pews were removed; old carpet taken up; floors sanded 
and given two coats of varnish; pews replaced and new 
carpet fitted and laid. Then the whole upstairs was com- 
pletely 'housecleaned.' " 

We will be looking forward to a complete report of the 
final celebration when "Anniversary Day" was observed 
on Sunday, March 12th, with Brother W. E. Ronk, of 
Goshen, Indiana, as Guest Speaker. "Open House" was 
held at the parsonage for .Brother and Sister Ronk at the 
parsonage from 2:30 to 4:00, in order that they might 
greet and visit with their many friends in this congrega- 
tion and community. Brother Ronk was formerly a pas- 
tor at Meyersdale. 

Brother and Sister Ronk stopped over in Ashland on 
their way to Meyersdale on Friday night and had oppor- 
tunity to meet and greet the members of the Builders 
Class of the Ashland Sunday School, who were holding 
their Birthday Party, celebrating twenty-nine years of or- 
ganization. Brother Ronk was a former teacher of this 
class, which the editor now has the privilege of teaching. 

Akron, Ohio, Firestone Park. Brother J. G. Dodds says 
that the evangelistic meetings which were still in progress 
at this writing, with Brother John Byler as evangelist, 
are enriching the lives of the members and strengthening 
them for the battles of life. The Loyalty Committee of 
twenty-eight members have made definite effort to get 
every member to attend. Prayer is proving a great power. 
During the first week there were four confessions. (Later 
reports bring this number higher — exact number will be 
reported later.) Baptismal services were conducted on 



Monday the 20th, for those who were ready at that time. 
Brother Dodds says, "The attendance has increased from 
night to night during the first week of the revival, in both 
children and adults." 

Gratis, Ohio. Quoting from Brother Crick's March 12th 
bulletin, "Children, youth and adults have responded to 
the call of the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, to accept Him 
as their personal Saviour, and to draw nearer to Him dur- 
ing the twelve services of our evangelistic campaign up 
to Friday evening (March 10th), with eleven first time con- 
fessions and six reconsecrations." Then, at the bottom of 
the bulletin he writes, "Over Sunday, March 12th, there 
were two more confessions and four additional reconse- 
crations." The services were closed on Sunday evening, 
March 12th. Brother V. E. Meyer was the evangelist. 

Many delegations came to the evangelistic services. The 
attendance increased throughout the meetings. The Gratis 
churches cooperated throughout this evangelistic effort. 

The W. M. S. of the Gratis church held an all-day sew- 
ing at the church on March 9th, with a carry-in dinner at 
the noon hour. 

Dayton, Ohio. Remember in prayer the evangelistic 
meetings at Datyon, now in progress ■ — March 19 to 
April 2. 

On Sunday morning, March 12th, Spodra Brosius, a 
twenty- two year old displaced Latvian girl, spoke for a 
short time at the Sunday School hour. 

The Dayton Laymen recently had as their guest speak- 
er, Jimmie Jones, Coach of Fairview High School. He also 
showed pictures of some games. 

Louisville, Ohio. We note that the entire morning wor- 
ship service at Louisville on March 5th, was conducted by 
their Junior Church. The Junior Choir rendered the special 
number, "I Don't Have To Wait." The message was 
brought by Mrs. John Byler, who has charge of the Jun- 
ior Church. 

Loree, Indiana. Brother Robert Higgins reports that the 
Loree Church is progressing in a fine way under their full- 
time pastorate. 

Because of contract conflicts the "Dixie Four" had to 
cancel their scheduled appearance at the Loree church. 
However a new tentative date has been set — April 23rd. 

Twenty-three Loree young people were present at the 
Youth Rally at the Loree Church on Monday, March 6th. 
However, Huntington, with nineteen present, carried away 
the banner, because of attendance, plus mileage. 

Elkhart, Indiana. We note that the Elkhart Church has 
set up a Goal for attendance during Lent as follows: Bible 
School — 400; Morning worship — 300; Evening worship — 
100; Mid-week prayer service — 50. 

The Senior Choir had charge of the evening worship 
service on Sunday evening, February 26th, which was in 
the nature of a candle-lighting service of consecration. 
The service was held in the basement. 

Oakville, Indiana. "Cash Day" was observed in the Oak- 
ville church on Sunday, March 12th. The suggestion went 
out that the tithe of a week's income be brought by as 
many as possible. (What "Continued Tithing" could do for 
any Church!) 

Flora, Indiana. Our Flora church is cooperating in the 



MARCH 25, 1950 



PAGE ELEVEN 



city-wide "Go to Church During Lent" campaign, in which 
seven churches there are engaged. This is a "Layman" 
project. Brother J. Edgar Berkshire says, "We noted an 
increased attendance on the first Sunday, which was called 
"Roll Call Sunday"— with 159 for Sunday School; 125 for 
morning worship, an increase of 35 to 40." 

Forty-seven were present recently for the supper of 
the newly organized married couples' class. 

Milledgeville, Illinois. Revival services are now in prog- 
ress at Milledgeville, having begun on March" 20 and will 
close on Palm Sunday, April 2nd. Special nights are being 
observed by the various organizations of the church and 
Sunday School. 

Another of those "Family Fellowship Nights" was held 
on Tuesday evening, March 14th, with a program and re- 
freshments. 

Lanark, Illinois. A note from Brother L. O. McCartney- 
smith reads as follows: "Church and Sunday School at- 
tendance is holding up well. We have asked Brother Clar- 
ence Stogsdill, pastor of our Gretna, Ohio, Brethren 
Church, to be with us for the pre-Easter Week of evan- 
gelism which has been planned. I am happy to say that 
the entire family is on the way to recovery from influ- 
enza and I am able to attend to my pastoral duties again, 
after having been 'on the shelf ' for about three weeks." 

We note from the Lanark bulletin of March 12th that 
the choir is working diligently on a program to be given 
in the near future in the interest of the purchase of choir 
robes. On March 9th the choir held a Favorite Dish Sup- 
per at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Bowers. Each of 
the attendants brought a "love offering" to be applied to 
the choir robe fund. 

Waterlooi, Iowa. Brother Spencer Gentle, Waterloo pas- 
tor, reports that the evangelistic services which are being 
held, with Rev. and Mrs. Harry Richer as evangelist party, 
have shown a fine attendance and spirit during the first 
week. He says that each night showed a 10% increase in 
attendance, except on Friday, when a storm (referred to 
as "the storm" — it must really have been something) 
caused a severe drop. But! at that, there were seventy-five 
in attendance on that night. On Youth Night (Tuesday) 
there were twenty-five young people in attendance. No re- 
report of results has been given thus far. 

The Waterloo church has tentatively scheduled a Gos- 
pel Team from Ashland College and Seminary for over 
the Easter week-end. 



Office Gleanings 

(Continued from naee 3 



ing every effort to get the subscription list up-to-date, 
both as to expiration date on your stencil and checking 
for subscriptions that are in at the time of sending out 
the expiration notices. It is only in the past year that we 
have been sending out these expiration notices and re- 
ceipts to each subscriber. So we are asking you to have 
patience, and if you receive an expiration notice and you 
also have received your receipt for renewal, just ignore 
the notice, and as stated above, you need only write us 
if you are not receiving your Evangelist. 

This, too, is important — we have no other way of know- 



ing whether you are receiving your Evangelist unless you 
write us when it does not arrive. When it is sent out from 
the mailing room we cannot know whether it reaches its 
destination. Just drop us a card if your paper does not 
come regularly, but first check your post office to see if 
it has failed in its delivery. 

We appreciate the fine spirit of cooperation that is man- 
ifest in the entire Evangelist Family. Here and there there 
is failure to get addresses correct, but this is the excep- 
tion and not the rule. 

To summarize. If you have sent in your renewal and 
you have received your receipt for same, and you receive 
an expiration notice, just ignore it. If you are not receiv- 
ing your paper regularly and you have renewed or you 
know your subscription has not expired, write us and we 
will take steps to see that it is investigated, but before 
writing, check with your post office. 

We trust that we will soon have the subscription list 
in such a shape that there will be no need of complaint. 

Press and Equipment Fund 

The offering for the Press and Equipment Fund keep 
coming in. We appreciate this because of the new folder, 
now in operation, which must be paid for. This folder in- 
creases production speed and is a fine asset to the work. 
The following have been received recently: 

Mrs. Mabel Britton, Sawyer, North Dakota $ 5.00 

Mrs. Frank B. Hartzler, Smithville, Ohio 20.00 

Additional Publication Day Offerings 

The following have been listed since our last report: 

Mrs. George Eisenbise, Morrill, Kansas $ 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Landes, Morrill, Kansas . . 1.00 
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Coleman, Ashland, Ohio (Ashland) 2.50 

Ardmore, Indiana, Brethren Church 81.44 

Mt. Olive Brethren Church, McGaheysville, Va 8.00 

Ft. Scott, Kansas, Brethren Church 11.00 

Roann, Indiana, Brethren Church 77.22 

Conemaugh, Penna., (by Mrs. Walter Wertz) 35.00 

Harold Benner, Bryan, Ohio (Bryan) 3.50 

Mrs. H. E. Dague, Scenery Hill, Penna 1.00 

Vandergrift, Penna., Brethren Church 13.00 

Roanoke, Indiana, Brethren Church 7.55 

Viola C. Ray, West Alexandria, Ohio 1.50 

Ardmore, Indiana,. Brethren Church (additional) . . 50.00 

Cameron, West Virginia, Brethren Church 9.00 

Lathrop, California, Brethren Church 5.50 

To date (March 14) sixty-two churches out of one hun- 
dred and eight have sent in their offerings. These are 
divided as follows: Southeastern — 8; Penna. — 16; Ohio — 
12; Indiana— 17; Central— 2; Mid- West— 5; N. Calf.— 2. 



Some people plan to get right with God during the 
eleventh hour but they die at ten-thirty. 

Remember that Jesus said, and He knew, that even "the 
gates of hell should not prevail against His Church. It 
must suffer, but it will surely be triumphant. 

THE KING'S BUSINESS 

I am a stranger here, within a foreign land; 

My home is far away, upon a golden strand; 

Ambassador to be of realms beyond the sea, 

I'm here on business for my King. 



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Topic for April 9, 1950 

"I AM THE RESURRECTION" 

Scripture: John 11:11-27; Matthew 28:1-6 

For The Leader 

IF YOU HAVE EVER STOOD at the open grave of a 
loved one as that loved one was laid to rest, you will 
have a full appreciation of the Easter message. To, hear 
the words of committal concluding with "there to await the 
fulfillment of the hope of the resurrection unto life eter- 
nal through Jesus Christ our Lord." To see the sealing 
of the vault, and to hear the dull thud of the clods of 
earth and stone as they fall on top of the sealed vault. 
To see the mound completed and rounded off, the flowers 
as a covering. And then to stand in meditation alone, when 
all others have left; to he there when the sun sinks low 
in the sky, a fiery flame of red, and then darkness. Then, 
if ever, you know what Jesus meant when He said, "I am 
the resurrection and the life." In that hour of loneliness 
you can feel His strong arm of love and hope and faith 
gather round you and fill you with assurance and peace 
of heart. Because He came forth from the grave, so you, 
too,, will arise, along with your loved ones to meet Him, 
ever being with Him in glory. That is the heart of the 
Easter message. It is the message for us tonight. 

DISCUSSION 

1. A DARK DAY IN BETHANY. Into the home of Mary 
and Lazarus death had come, removing by natural causes, 
the loved one called Lazarus. Death is inescapable, it is 
natural as night and day, summer and winter. It is one 
of those things, while sad, must be expected, Thus, when 
death strikes our home, we must not feel that "all is lost," 
and that we can "never go on." For all is not lost, and 
though we say we can never go on, we do. Lazarus was 
dead, according to Jesus. How blessed to have left him 
as he was, released from earthly care and strife, having 
attained his eternal reward and happiness. However, Jesus, 
to show to Mary and Martha, and to all faith-believing 
Christians His power over death, restored Lazarus to life. 
As He stood with the sisters on that day at the tomb of 
their- brother, and called him forth, so He stands with us 
today in Spirit besides the graves of our loved ones. As 
He called Lazarus from the dead, so He assures us that 
in His good time, He will call forth our Christian loved 
ones from the grave where we have so tenderly laid them. 
Yes, it was a dark day in Bethany, but a day that had a 
ray of hope. It is truly a dark day for us when we lay 
our loved ones away, but through our tears there shines 
that ray of assurance, "I am the Resurrection and the 
Life." 

2. THE MYSTERY OF DEATH. In view of its com- 
mon occurrence, we may give thought to the mystery and 
causes of death. God made the first man and woman, 



breathing into their nostrils the breath of eternal exist- 
ence. The body which He gave them was made of com- 
mon clay and dirt. Being made creatures with a will, they 
willed to disobey God. Soithus they sinned. Lest they eat 
of the tree of life in the Garden of Eden and live for- 
ever in their sinful state, God cast them forth from the 
garden of Eden, cursed to die. Thus the body seeks to re- 
turn to the dust from whence it came. It fights to live, to 
overcome its own destruction. Amazing it is what our 
bodies will do to keep themselves alive. But, finally, the 
body succumbs to the ravages of time, and death results. 
We lay those exhausted bodies in the tomb. The eternal 
Spirit goes on. That is yet another story. 

3. THE MYSTERY OF SALVATION. When our first 
parents sinned, they automatically condemned themselves 
to eternal death in Hell. At once, the Messiah, the Saviour, 
the Redeemer was promised. Many in the Old Testament 
times died in faith in the coming Redeemer. Jesus came, 
shed His blood on the cross as a covering for our sins. 
He then rested in the tomb, and on that glad Resurrection 
morning, burst the bonds of death, conquering it forever 
more. In that time He revealed Himself to those who "in 
old times" died in the faith of a coming Messiah. Christ, 
in coming forth from the grave became the first fruits of 
the dead. He was reunited in body and spirit, and lives 
forever more. Today, Christ's way of salvation is open 
to everyone. We come to salvation of our own accord, ac- 
cepting completely His work of redemption. Thus we are 
born again and become new creatures in Christ Jesus. We 
still live in this death-doomed body, however. But, oh, 
what a difference in our outlook as a Christian. We can 
look forward to death, not as the "end" of all things, but 
as a continuation, in a perfect way with God. 

4. SOME GOLDEN DAY BREAK. "He that endureth 
to the end, shall be saved." Our life is in a constant battle 
against evil, and those forces which would seek to destroy 
our faith in God, and our trust in Jesus Christ as our eter- 
nal Saviour. Through prayer and carefully watching we 
must keep ourselves unspotted from the world, constantly 
working for Him, and alerted to His coming again. As we 
see the victory our deceased loved ones have gained over 
the battles of life, and as we know they have now at- 
tained unto eternal life, so we must ever trust and pray 
that we too shall be successful. As we, from time to time, 
stand beside the grass covered grave of a Christian loved 
one, let us gain strength from the power of their life 
while they were among us. They have attained. Our hope 
of meeting them again is dependent on our faithful, con- 
sistent living in Christ. If we stray ^into sin, turning our 
backs on Christ, our only hope of eternal life, we shall not 
meet again. But, to those who overcome, trusting in the 
Lord Jesus Christ for strength, there shall come a great 
eternal day-break. At the sound of the trumpet, the dead 
in Christ shall rise first — graves of loved ones will give 
up their dead — then we which are alive, shall be caught 
up — then shall we ever be with the Lord. "Some golden 
day break, Jesus will come; Some golden day break, bat- 
tles all won; He'll shout the victory, Break through the 
blue; Some golden day break, for mej for you." Stand 
anew at the grave side of your loved one. Think back to 
Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus. Then remember Jesus' 
promise, "I am the resurrection and the life; he that be- 



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li.evetTi in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." See 
the resurrction morning-, and the empty tomb. That is 
Easter's message for you. "Oh, what a meeting, there in 
the skies; No tears nor crying shall dim our eyes; Loved 
ones united — eternally! Oh, what a day-break, that morn 
will be." 



Vrayer tYleetmg 
Studies 

'By C. 1. Cjihnev 




ONE DAY TO LIVE 

Had I but this one day to live, 
One day to love, one day to give, 
One day to work and watch and raise 
My voice to God in joyous praise, 
One day to succor those in need, 
Pour healing balm on hearts that bleed, 
Or wipe the tears from sorrow's face, 
And hearten those in sad disgrace — 
I'd spend, O God, much time with Thee 
That Thou migt'st plan my day for me. 
Most earnestly I'd seek to know 
The way that Thou wouldst have me go, 
For Thou alone canst see the heart — 
Thou knowest man's most inward part. 

— Alice JT. Muir. 

ONE DAY TO LIVE 

Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-11 

Hymns: "What If It Were Today?" "Is It The Crowning 
Day?" 

Prayers 

Seed Thoughts for Discussion: 

WE AS BELIEVERS ought not to look for death but 
for the rapture (Matt. 24:42; 25:13). We should 
remember that every day could be our last day on. earth 
(Prov. 27:1). Our Lord gave us a set course for each and 
every day (Luke 19:13). Thus Elijah did not have to make 
up for lost time and neglected tasks when he was aware 
of his last day on earth. His experience is a type of the 
translation of believers in 1 Thess. 4:13-18. 

Elijah started his last day from Gilgal. Here Israel under 
Joshua rolled away the reproach of Egypt, the badge of 
the world which was upon them (Josh. 5:3-5). Gilgal 
stands for the place of purging. Today circumcision is of 
the heart (Rom. 2:29). Our place of purging is 1 John 1:9. 
Unconfessed sins are unforgiven sins — we need to take 
a careful inventory, asking God to reveal our sins to us 
that we do not see (1 John 1:6, 7). What about our sins 
of omission ? When did we weep last, if ever, over a lost 
soul (Psa. 126:5, 6) ? Have we brought "all the tithes into 
the storehouse" (Mai. 3:10)? How about making up what 
we have robbed from God? Would we like to do these 



things before the Lord comes (John 9:4)? All our alibis 
and excuses for grieving and hindering the Holy Spirit 
are wicked lies (Prov. 28:13). 

For his last day on earth Elijah went to Bethel, "the 
house of God," where all judgment begins (1 Peter 4:17). 
Here God revealed Himself to Jacob and made it a place 
of promise (Gen. 28:11-15). God's good promises are 
meant for us as obedient believers (Phil. 4:19; Isa. 26:3; 
Rom. 8:28; etc.) 

Then Elijah went to Jericho, whose destruction was a 
demonstration of God's power in the day of Joshua. We 
need God's power for victory (Luke 11:13; 1 Cor. 10:13; 
2 Peter 2:9). Then he crossed the Jordan, which speaks 
of death, dry-shod, which denotes resurrection. Our first 
resurrection occurred at salvation (Eph. 2:1). We now 
have resurrection unto life in Christ (Col. 3:1-3; Gal. 2:20). 
Finally, there shall be either a rapture or the resurrection 
of the body immortal and incorruptible (1 Cor. 15:51, 52; 
1 John 3:2). 




Comments on the Lesson by the Cditov 

Lesson for April 9, 1950 

THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION 

Lesson: I Cor. 15:1-8, 20-21, 57-58 

IN THIS LESSON we could probably spend all of our 
time on the words of our Golden Text, "But thanks be 
to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Je- 
sus Christ." This victory, of course, is made perfect 
through the resurrection of Jesus. It has been well said 
that "The resurrection of Jesus is God's 'Amen' to Jesus' 
cry on the cross, 'It is finished.' " 

In the first part of our printed lesson we find Paul re- 
minding the Corinthians of the facts of the Gospel which 
he has preached unto them, and which they have received 
and that it is the foundation upon which they stand. He 
reminds them that it is through belief in this same Gos- 
pel that they are being saved. That their faith cannot be 
in vain is proven by the fact taht the message which Paul 
preached to them was received directly from the source 
— even Jesus Christ Himself. 

Now we must note that the very core and center of 
that message is: 1. Christ died for our sins. This was in 
keeping with the scriptures with which they were familiar. 
2. That He was buried. This was an actual burial with the 
body prepared for burial, the blood having been shed, and 
the testimony of the soldiers who crucified Him as to the 
actual fact that He was really dead, not merely uncon- 
scious. 3. That He actually arose from among the dead. 
That the body was not "stolen away" as the authorities 
had reported at the time of His burial and resurrection. 
4. That He was seen by a number of different people, 
many of which remained alive even at the time of Paul's 



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writing to the Corinthians. They could, therefore, be con- 
sulted if these people cared to take the trouble to do so, 
or if they doubted the word of Paul. 

Paul's preaching was based, even as .every bit of present 
day preaching should be based, on two things — the real- 
ity of the death of Jesus for the sins of mankind and the 
resurrection of "this same Jesus" for the vindication of 
His claims. Branching out from this we find all of the 
remaining parts of his messages being- built. 

In the second part of our lesson we find two things 
emphasized — The Christian's Hope, and the Certainty of 
Christian Victory. 

In the verses just before the 20th and 21st, we find Paul 
reminding the Corinthians that if it were possible for the 
Gospel to be false, then they are yet in their sins, and 
that we "are of all men most miserable." But in the printed 
verses we are to find the Christian's constant hope and 
joy. In the 20th verse the emphatic word is found to be 
"IS" — "But now IS Christ risen from the dead." There 
can be no doubt of it. And through Christ, man, who is 
under the penalty of death because of sin, becomes eligi- 
ble to life eternal. This is the Christian's eternal hope. 

This is the victory which the Christian can claim and 
look forward to with assurance — the victory which Christ 
has won and is to be ours, if we are faithful unto death. 

Now read the last verse of the printed lesson. Here Paul 
admonishes his readers to be: "steadfast" (firmly fixed in 
faith and devotion to duty); "unmoveable" (not to be 
stirred or moved from convictions); "always abounding 
in the work of the Lord" (being plentifully supplied); be- 
cause "your labor is not in vain in the Lord" under these 
circumstances. But be it remembered that it is to be "in 
the Lord," not under the mere consideration of men alone. 

It is, therefore, to be concluded that the resurrection is 
the Power that must be constantly kept in the mind of 
the believer as the force that will sustain him through 
all the pathway of his life in this world. 



Calling All Brotherhoods 

Who is calling? It is your National Project Commis- 
sioner, boys and young men! We are at the half-way 
mark and we are thinking about General Conference which 
is less than six months away. 

I know that you are thinking of the good time WE 
young people have had in the past, and the good time we 
will have again at our 1950 Conerence. I also know that 
we will enjoy conference so much more IF we have met 
all goals, and especially our National Project. This project 
is the bus for Sherwood, Michigan, to be used by Fred 
Pippen. God bless Brother Pippen and all those who have 
had a hand in the Lord's work. 

We are eager for the report from our Financial Secre- 
tary and I would suggest that the name, and amount from 
each Brotherhood, be printed in both "The Evangelist" 
and "The Brethren Youlh." This will be a good way to 
encourage those that haven't sent in their contributions. 

If any of our Brotherhoods have any questions to ask, 
please write me or any of our National Board. I am sure 



that any of our Board will be glad to help in any way 
they can. 

To our boys and young men who do not have any Broth- 
erhood Organization, and would like to have one started, 
will you please let us know? Thanks, Brother Gilmer, for 
your faithfulness. I don't know how we would get along 
without your help. Rev. C. Y. Gilmer is President of our 
National Board. He is on the job twenty-four hours a day. 
Thanks also, Brother Munson, for the "plugging" you are 
doing for our National Project. 

Fred W. Brant, 

National Project Commissioner. 



Please Note . . . 
The New Brethren Sunday 
School Leaflet 

The Brethren Publishing Company is seeking to advance 
in ways that will be of assistance to the churches and Sun- 
day Schools. To that end, for the first time, "The Breth- 
ren Visitor's Leaflet" has been printed and sent out to 
those who signified their desire to receive it by returning 
the cards sent out to ascertain who would be interested in 
such printing. Since sending out these leaflets for the 
second quarter of 1950, one additional order has been re- 
ceived and will be filled. 

As an experiment we printed 1,000 groups of these leaf- 
lets, which means that, since there are thirteen Sundays 
in the quarter, the total number of leaflets covering this 
period reaches the total of 13,000 pieces. Of the 1,000 sets 
thus printed, we will have a surplus of about 400 sets, 
which means that up to that number can be ordered for 
your schools if you have not already ordered. The price 
of these leaflets, which are similar to the samples which 
were sent out to every church early in the past quarter for 
inspection, is 9 cents per quarter per group. Thus if you 
order 25 sets or groups of leaflets for the quarter the 
cost to your school will be $2.25. These leaflets are not 
meant in any way to take the place of the quarterlies, but 
rather to have them on hand to hand out to the visitors 
in your school or to any who have left their quarterlies at 
home and desire to follow the lesson. 

If you still desire to order these leaflets, just write us 

and say, "Send us ■ of these new Leaflets for the 

Second Quarter of 1950," give us the name of the school; 
where to send them; and who to charge them to. Why not 
try them out this quarter? 

Send your order to: "The Brethren Publishing Company, 
524 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio. 



A short prayer will reach the throne, if you do not live 
too far away. 

The seven overcomeths point to blessings on both sides 
of eternity's veil. 



MARCH 25, 1950 



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NORTH MANCHESTER, INDIANA 

It has been some time since you have heard from the 
North Manchester Church, but that does not mean that 
we are not still on the map. 

After having lived in the Roann community all my life 
and having been a member of the Roann Brethren Church 
since my childhood days, we sold our home farm and moved 
to a smaller farm near North Manchester, Indiana, in 
February of 1949. It was like giving up the ties of a life- 
time, but the first Sunday after moving found us in church 
at the North Manchester Brethren church and we were 
made to feel at home from the very start and have learned 
to love the people here and are gaining new friends each 
day. 

I will try to enumerate some of the many things that 
have taken place since our fellowship with these good 
people. Some time before Easter Rev. Hodge arranged a 
personal evangelistic campaign for the town and com- 
munity, whereby teams of personal workers went out and 
called on people who had grown indifferent to the work 
of the church, and also upon those who would be prospects 
for membership in our church. This campaign was climaxed 
in a week of Pre-Easter services, and three services on 
lEaster Sunday. The Young People of the church had charge 
of the Easter Sunrise Service. The results of this cam- 
paign were twenty-three baptized and taken into the 
church; six by letter and four rededications. It was at this 
time that wife and I changed our membership from Roann 
to North Manchester. There were also seven babies dedi- 
cated at the Easter morning worship service. 

The different organizations of the church have func- 
tioned regularly throughout the year. The two Missionary 
Societies of the church held their 1949 Public Worship 
Service with a special program and with Mrs. U. J. Shively, 
National President, as their guest speaker. Then on the 
morning of March 12, 1950 they again held their Public 
Service with a special program and with Mrs. L. W. Shultz 
as guest speaker. 

The S. M. M. of the church are holding their Public 
Service on Sunday, March 19th, with a special program 
and with Mrs. J. Milton Bowman, of Peru, National Pa- 
troness, as their guest speaker. 

The Laymen of the church held their 1949 Public Ser- 
vice with the Dixie Four from the Cadle Tabernacle at 
Indianapolis bringing a program of music, songs and read- 
ings, to a capacity audience. The Laymen also had a Fa- 
ther and Son meeting at Camp Salamonie Park, near Le- 
gro, Indiana, at which time there were sixty-three men and 
boys present. Our menu for the evening was "Hunter's 
Stew." This was followed by a very inspiring program. 

The Laymen also sponsored a clean-up day of the church 
grounds, at which time the hedge was all trimmed, side- 
walks repaired and an unsightly stump removed from the 
tree lawn. Our present membership in the Laymen's Or- 
ganization is forty-five. 



On October 19th the Builders Class of the Sunday 
School sponsored the picking of Harry Mishler's (their 
teacher) corn, he having suffered a very serious accident. 
Ihere were a number of men from the Men's Bible Class 
and neighbors that also helped. The ladies served dinner 
at the noon hour. Thirty-five acres were picked and cribbed 
by 12:30 o'clock. 

The two Missionary Societies entertained the men and 
their families to a pot-luck supper and program on the 
evening of December 7th. Paul Halladay, Professor of 
Music at North Manchester College, presented a musical 
program. He was accompanied at the organ by Charlotte 
Schutz. The Men's Bible Class, in turn, entertained the 
women of the Volunteers and Loyal workers classes to a 
Fish Fry and program on the evening of January 4th. The 
Men's Quartet of the Pleasant View Church of the Breth- 
ren presented several numbers and Walter Loucke, one of 
the local members, showed pictures. 

The Young People of our church are to be commended. 
They had charge of an evening service, and then during 
the hospitalization and convalescence of our regular choir 
director, two of our young men very capably carried on 
our weekly choir rehearsals. Our choir is now again un- 
der the direction of Mrs. Clarence Kindley, our regular 
director. We are thankful for her spee'dy recovery. 

On the evening of December 18th the choir, together 
with members of the Bible School and church, presented 
the cantata, "The Bethlehem Keepers," to a capaicty audi- 
ence. 

At the noon hour on December 18th, a Farewell Fellow- 
ship Dinner was given for Rev. and Mrs. Bert Hodge and 
family, at which time they were presented with a lovely 
gift of Sterling Silver. There were something like three 
hundred members and friends registered for the day. 

Upon the resignation of Rev. Hodge, who resigned to 
give his full time to his teaching and public speaking, our 
church finds itself at present without a regular pastor. 
The attendance and work here are both keeping up well 
under our present handicap. We do covet the prayers of 
the Brotherhood and pray that an able pastor may be 
found soon. May we ever be found faithful in the Mas- 
ter's Service. 

Guy V. Purdy, Cor. Sec. 



CALVARY, NEW JERSEY 

It has been some time since the readers of the Evange- 
list have heard from us, hence this report. 

Our Annual Homecoming Service, held last October 
23rd, was unusually well attended, especially in the after- 
noon, when the church was about filled. Our pastor, Rev. 
Joseph M.argush, preached in the morning and Rev. Wil- 
liam Wadsworth, a former pastor of the Church of the 
Brethren, was guest speaker in the afternoon. A good time 
in the Lord was had by all. 

Our Sunday services are well attended, for which we 
praise Him. 

A mother and daughter, who had been baptized by our 
former pastor, had hands laid upon them and received the 



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right hand of fellowship into our church on February 26th. 
Two more have raised their hands for prayer at the close 
of our Sunday service and we pray e'er you read these lines 
that they will have heeded the pleadings of the Holy Spirit 
and yielded their lives completely to the Lord. 

Interest is being shown in all our auxiliaries — the Sun- 
day School, the Christian Endeavor, the Woman's Mission- 
ary society, and especially in the mid-week prayer meet- 
ings, when nearly all present take part in prayer and tes- 
timony. 

There is much yet to be accomplished for the Lord. The 
devil is ever busy seeking for those he may devour or lead 
astray. There are many, many souls yet to be won to the 
Lord. 

We can say with our Lord, "The harvest truly is plen- 
teous, but the laborers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord 
of the harvest that he will send forth laborers into his 
harvest." Matthew 9:37-38. 

Brethren, pray for us! 

In His service, 
Miss V. E. Hackett, Church Clerk. 



FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA 

Just a note to give the Evangelist readers a little 
glimpse at the program we have outlined for the Falls 
City church and which it is advancing. 

March 5th a religious census of the city was taken dur- 
ing the afternoon. Workers and materials were ready and 
instructions were given out at the morning hour. 

The week beginning March 19th will be Personal Evan- 
gelism week. Dr. Black of Omaha, Nebraska, will be in 
the city to direct this campaign. There will be four eve- 
ning luncheons for the workers, at which time they will 
report and be instructed. At about 7:30 they will all go 
out to do the work. 

During the week beginning March 26th, a number of 
the churches will hold a week of evangelistic services in 
an effort to gain everything possible from the previous 
week's work. 

At a recent called meeting of the Falls City Council 
of Churches, Brother Roland V. Hudson was invited to 
hold a city-wide evangelistic campaign which will bagin 
June 20th and close on July 2nd. The Brethren who know 
Brother Hudson are requested to pray for the spiritual 
success of this effort. 

H. E. Eppley, pastor. 



Sunday evening, March 26th, Brother Rowsey is to bring 
a message on religious pictures from a film strip furnished 
by the National Sunday School Association. Arrange- 
ments are now completed for the Pre-Easter services. 
The Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Joan Ronk, will 
render a special evening of lEaster music on Palm Sun- 
day evening. Services will be conducted during Passion 
Week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, 
with Prof. Edwin Boardman, of the College and Seminary 
faculty, bringing the meditations on Tuesday and Thurs- 
day evenings. On Wednesday evening the Ashland College 
Chapel Choir will sing the "Seven Last Words from the 
Cross." On Friday evening the Spring Communion will be 
observed. On Easter Sunday evening an Easter Play, 
"Barabbas," will be given by the Intermediates of the 
Christian Endeavor, under the direction of Mrs. Edwin 
Boardman. 

The mid-week services continue to be well attended in 
all four of the different age groups. The attendance still 
continues to stay around the one hundred mark each week. 
At a recent Wednesday evening service, Dr. R. R. Teeter, 
who during that week attained the age of eighty, led the 
adult section in their thinking. The meeting was one to 
be remembered. 

Additions are being made to the church almost weekly, 
and baptisms have been held twice in recent weeks. Sun- 
day School attendance is keeping up well in spite of the 
number of cases of flu. The morning worship service at- 
tendance shows constant growth, while the evening ser- 
vices on Sunday are the best attended for years, having 
gone well over the one hundred mark in the past several 
months. 

The Youth work is especially showing increased prog- 
ress. The large group of youth and children who gather 
each Sunday evening for Christian Endeavor and on Wed- 
nesday evening for Bible study and discussion is worthy 
of note. 

All in all we can report the work of the church as on 
the upgrade, for which we are all very thankful. 




ASHLAND, OHIO 

The Ashland Church is getting a good start on its re- 
decoration and improvement program. The schedule of 
work has been partly set forth and the work well begun. 
Included in the program is the complete redecoration of 
the entire church, both auditorium and basement; new 
carpet; conversion to gas for the furnace; painting of 
the outside window frames, and sundry small and various 
repairs and additions to equipment. 

On Sunday, March 19th, at the evening hour Mrs. M. A. 
Stuckey and Mrs. Glenn Clayton, assisted by several 
others, gave a fine program of Harp and Voice music. On 



RAHN. Mrs. John E. Rahn (Emma Mae) daughter of 
Henry and Mary Dambman, was born July 17, 1875 near 
Lanark, Illinois, and died on March 6, 1950, after an ex- 
tended illness. Married to John E. Rahn on January 18, 
1897, who preceded her in death, she is survived by one 
daughter, Mrs. Harry lEngles; two sons, Edward and Wil- 
lard; five grandchildren, one great grandchild, and two 
sisters, Mrs. Rose Livengood and Mrs. Oscar Tallman, a 
twin of the deceased. Nearly all her married life was 
spent on a farm near Lanark, and she was a faithful mem- 
ber ef the Lanark Brethren Church. Funeral by the under- 
signed, her minister. 

L. 0. McCartneysimth. 




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Items of general Interest 



Washington, D. C. Brother Fairbanks says, "It really 
sounded nice to hear organ music in our church last Sun- 
day. We know that this addition to our church will make 
a big improvement in the services of our church." 

Evangelistic meetings are scheduled in the Washington 
church for the last week in April, with Brother John F. 
Locke as the evangelist. 

Brother E. M. Riddle is scheduled as the guest speaker 
on Palm Sunday. This Sunday will be designated as Loy- 
alty Sunday. 

Communion Services will be observed in the Washing- 
ton Church on Wednesday evening, April 5th. The time 
is 8:00 o'clock. 

On the physical side of the work at Washington, Broth- 
er Fairbanks says, "If you have been absent from the 
church services, you had better get back while there is 
a chance that you may recognize your church. The new 
flags; organ, recently purchased and installed; and the 
draperies have made a big difference in the appearance 
of the church. The trustees are making plans to have the 
ground around the church sodded. 

St. James, Maryland. Brother Ankrum reports that their 
daughter, Mary Alice, who met with an auto accident as 
reported earlier, will be out of the cast on May 17th and 
will graduate the next day from the Masontown, Penna., 
High school. She expects to be able to spend the Easter 
holidays at St. James. We are glad to hear of her fine re- 
covery. 

Brother Ankrum also sends the editor a note telling of 



the tragic death of Charles "Sonny" Wheeler, of Mason- 
town, Brother Ankrum's former pastorate. The deceased 
will be known to many young people, as an Athletic Di- 
rector and Counsellor at Camp Juniata, where he had 
served for several years. He was twenty-one years of 
age. Brother Ankrum conducted his funeral. 

Johnstown, Penna., Second. Brother N. V. Leatherman 
announces a service of dedication for children on Palm 
Sunday morning. 

Spring Communion will be observed on Easter Sunday 
night, with pre-communion services being held on Wed- 
nesday, Thursday and Friday nights. 

The Teacher Training Class finished their course on 
Monday night, March 20th. Brother Leatherman says, 
"Seven have been very faithful in attendance throughout 
the course, including the storm on Monday the 13th." 

Meyersdale, Penna. We note from Brother Benshoff's 
bulletin of March 19th that at least two of the officers 
recently installed by the lueyersdale Community Christian 
Council are Brethren. Brother Benshoff is the Vice Presi- 
dent and Miss Miriam Bird is the Secretary. 

The Union Good Friday services will be held ' in our 
church. The service will be the usual three-hour service 
from 12:00 noon to 3:00 P. M. 

Three nights of pre-Communion services will be held in 
our church on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. An Eas- 
ter Sunrise service will be held at 7:00 o'clock on Easter 
morning, with the Communion being observed on (Easter 
Sunday evening at 7:30 o'clock. 

We also learn that the Sixtieth Annual Conference of 
the Pennsylvania District will be held in the Meyersdale 
Church from July 17th to 20th. 

Louisville, Ohio. Brother Byler says, in a note to the 
editor, "Twenty-one from our church at Louisville attended 
the Akron revival on Friday night, March 24th." Brother 
Charles Munson and Dean M. A. Stuckey were recent guest 
speakers at Louisville, in the absence of Brother Byler 
who was holding the Akron meeting. 

Gold pins will be .awarded to the members of the Junior 
church who have had a perfect attendance during the first 
quarter of this year. 

Evangelistic services are now in progress at the Louis- 
ville church with Rev. and Mrs. J. M. Bowman of Peru, In- 
diana, as evangelists. They began on Sunday, March 26th 
and will close on Palm Sunday. Mrs. Bowman brings il- 
lustrated stories to the children. A Thirty voice colored 
choir was scheduled for one night of the meetings. 

Gratis, Ohio. A note from Brother W. S. Crick says, 
"As definite results of our recent evangelistic campaign, 
we baptized twelve yesterday afternoon, March 19th. 

Dayton, Ohio, Hillcrest. We note *hat Brother Whet- 
stone says in his bulletin that the young people are asking 
what they can do to assist in the work of the church. He 
says, "We like that spirit. With such a spirit we will suc- 
ceed." Happy is the pastor whose young people ask the 
above question. 

The Dayton Revival, now in progress, will close on Sun- 
day night, April 2nd. Special delegations of the organiza- 
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PAGE THREE 




"Ye Must Be Born Again" 

ON SUNDAY, March 26th, because of the redecoration 
program at the Park Street Church, in Ashland, the 
services of the day were held in the Ashland College 
Chapel. Dr. W. D. Furry was asked to teach the lesson to 
the combined adult and young people's classes. Since the 
lesson was the final one of the quarter, he took occasion 
to remind us that it was what would most naturally fall 
into the category of a review lesson. But he said that he 
had long since come to the place where any review lesson 
should take on the nature of a new-view. Thus he led his 
hearers into the work of the early church as represented 
by the views of Paul. 

In the course of his teaching he let one sentence fall 
upon our ears which should make us all think deeply. It 
was this, "The Christian religion depends for its rise or 
fall on the doctrine of regeneration." I do not at this time 
recall the source of the quotation, but its content struck 
me most forcibly. 

That regeneration must come with the new birth, if it 
is to mean anything at all, surely goes without saying. 
Regeneration simply stated means a starting again; to 
make over. Generation means to produce or create. This 
process God introduced when He first created man in his 
own image and after His likeness and breathed into his 
nostrils the breath of life, and when He told this same 
man to "replenish the earth," He extended this power to 
man. Regeneration in a very simple sentence means to "re- 
produce, or to form anew." That is why the word of Jesus 
has a much richer and deeper meaning when it is trans- 
lated, "Ye must be born anew," or "Ye must be formed 
anew" in order to attain to the prescribed heights that 
Jesus Christ and the Father demand. 

Even the dictionary says that regeneration in a theo- 
logical sense can only carry the meaning of "renewing 
spiritually; having a new life; or restored to the place 
of fellowship with the Father." 

Whatever else it might mean, the only evidence of its 
acconfplishment is to be found in a "changed life," a 
changed mode of living. 

Going back to the sentence that started our thinking, 
we must realize that the heights to which Christianity 
may rise, as exemplified in the lives of the believer must 
depend entirely on just how seriously this idea of regen- 
eration takes hold of the one who says he has been born 
again. The first thing the world asks itself is, "Just what 
do we see in the life of this individual which speaks of 
a 'changed life' and what are the fruits of this life?" It 
does not take the world long to draw the conclusion as to 
the height attained. The man or woman who has been re- 
generated will show it by every attitude of life, be it in the 



social, physical, emotional or religious world. The result in 
such a life can no more be kept under cover than can the 
sun be permanently hid by a passing cloud. It is bound to 
break out through whatever would seek to obscure it. 

The world judges the Christian by what it sees; Christ 
judges him by what he is. The truly regenerated man will 
stand forth in his own right, not in the reflected glory of 
another. The truly regenerated man need not fear the con- 
sequences of his acts, for they will be rightly judged in 
the sight of God. So Jesus means, when he says, "Ye must 
he regenerated; made over; given a spiritual renewal and 
a new life which is filled with Christ-impulsed and Christ- 
imposed attitudes," that such is the basic foundation upon 
which is built the new life, both within and without, if 
one will really climb upward toward the heights to which 
the Lord is calling His followers. 

That is why He came to earth; that is why He suffered 
death upon the cross; that is why He arose from the grave 
— so we might really "be born again" — regenerated. Is He 
satisfied with the way we are accepting His word regard- 
ing this? 

Think it over! 



Office Gleanings 

By The Editor 

Additional Publication Offerings 

Eight additional Publication Offerings from churches 
have been received since our last report, also a number 
of individuals have sent in contributions, as follows: 

College Corner, Indiana, Brethren Church $ 9.50 

Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Imboden, Logan, Ohio (Mt Zion) 5.00 

Cumberland, Maryland, Brethren Church 17.25 

C. P. Baer, Meyersdale, Penna. (Meyersdale) .... 25.00 

Mrs. Agnes Elliott, Lathrop, Calif. (Lathrop) 20.00 

Elkhart, Indiana, Brethren Church 137.00 

Smithville, Ohio, Brethren Church 174.00 

North Manchester, Indiana, Brethren Church .... 250.00 

Canton, Ohio, Trinity Brethren Church 22.50 

Johnstown, Penna. Third Brethren Church 36.35 

Lanark, Illinois, Brethren Church 52.25 

This only leaves thirty-eight churches to be heard from 
to make our report a 100% one. Let's do it! 



There is nothing in nature that makes a man so de- 
formed, so beastly as intemperate anger. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 




He 

Entered 

In 

Triumph 



JERUSALEM HAS BEEN THE PIN-POINT of many 
tours. Its attraction has been found in the fact that 
Jesus entered that city; that there He denounced the Jews 
for their unbelief; predicted the destruction of the Temple; 
suffered, was condemned and went forth to Calvary to 
die. 

The coming week heralds for the church the anniver- 
sary of the triumphal entry of Jesus into the Holy City. 
We who cannot visit this city in person, seek to do so in 
spirit. We, each succeeding year, go with Him to Jerusa- 
lem, there to share His sorrows and His trials, and to 
gaze .again upon His cross. There is a fascination and a 
blessing that comes to us on this annual pilgrimage to 
the place of His Passion. We tread silently and prayer- 
fully to the scenes of His trial, His condemnation for 
which false witnesses had to be suborned, His cruel death, 
and the tomb in which He was laid, and from which He 
arose. 

Jesus had spent His last earthly Sabbath in Bethany. 
He was in the house of His friends — those dear women 
whose brother He had snatched from the grave and re- 
stored to them. After spending a quiet Sabbath in this 
house where He was at home, on the first day of the week, 
which was to be the last first day of the week which 
would not be significantly associated with Him as "His 
Day," because of His Resurrection, He arose to find a 
great company of pilgrims passing the Mount of Olives 
on their way to the Holy City. 

Jesus Himself would go there for the Passover Feast. 
He, therefore, sent two of His disciples to a nearby vil- 
lage, Bethpage, where they were to get an ass and a colt 
and bring them to Him. The disciples laid their garments 
on the ass and the Lord rode upon him, in the manner of 
kings and judges, who thus rode in the days of Samuel 
and of David. 

As Jesus approached the city, riding the ass and climbed 
the ridge of the Mount of Olives, His disciples and the 
people thought, of course, that the kingdom of God would 
immediately come. They remembered the words of the 
Prophet Zechariah who said, "Rejoice greatly, daugh- 



ter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold thy 
King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; 
lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal 
of an ass." 

The people were so thrilled that they shouted their 
hosannas. They remembered what the Prophet had said, 
and cried, "Hosanna to the son of David; ,BI.essed« is He 
that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the 

highest." 

The people who were in the Holy City heard that the 
Lord was coming. It was quite probable that they heard 
the shouts of those who were with Him and the singing 
of the multitudes coming from the hills. They went out 
by the eastern gate of the city and crossed the brook 
Kidron and went up the hill to meet the Lord as He came 
and joined in the cries of "Hosanna." They threw their 
garments along the roadway and took branches of palm 
trees and waved them to signify their welcome and His 
triumph. It is because of this fact that the day has been 
given the name of "Palm Sunday." 

It was a wonderful day of triumph for Christ. The 
whole city was moved and the people everywhere praised 
and shouted and sang. Yet Jesus was sad! He had not come 
to be an earthly king; but to be a Saviour. He knew that 
these shouts of "Hosanna" and their desire to honor Him 
would be of short duration. He knew that these same peo- 
ple who shouted "Hosanna," would in a very few hours, 
cry, "Away with Him, crucify Him, crucify Him." So 
fickle are those who are disappointed in their human ideals. 

Jesus knew also that soon the glory of this beautiful 
city, with its wonderful temple, which was dedicated to 
His Father in Heaven, and its magnificent palaces, would 
all be in ruins. So it was that He foretold that the Roman 
armies would come and besiege the city; they would camp 
on the very hill over which He was going and would com- 
pletely destroy the city with its temple, its palaces, and 
its people. That is why the Lord wept while the people 
sang. He said, "If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in 
this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace." Yet 



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PAGE FIVE 



it was not the overthrow of the city for which the Lord 
wept; it was because of the wickedness of the people. 

It is in commemoration of this wonderful scene of tri- 
umph in our Lord's life, that churches annually observe 
the day and many invite the young to enter the church and 
confess their Lord and Saviour. It is a beautiful and im- 
pressive ceremony, that many churches observe. Usually 
the churches are decorated with palms and the people sing 
anthems of praise and proclaim hosanna to the Christ. 
We need to think, however, very seriously, or again the 
wickedness of man may be in evidence and the knowledge 
of the future may cause Jesus to weep on account of the 
failure of the disciples to remain true to Him. They thus 
bring about their own destruction. 

Thrilling indeed were the scenes that occurred in the 
Holy City during the last week of our Lord's earthly life. 
Those were to be busy, stirring days. We recall that our 
Lord had passed a fig tree and, because it had nothing but 
leaves, He condemned it. On His return to the city the 
disciples noted that the tree had withered and died. He 
used the incident to teach a lesson which we all need to 
know, namely, that if we know what is right and do not do 
it, we are like the trees which have leaves and no fruit. 
Our knowledge and our appearance of good, will some day 
wither away. 

On the very last day of Jesus' public teaching, we find 
Him in His temple. He spoke in parables. He answered 
questions which the Pharisees put to Him. They ques- 
tioned Him, not because they wanted to learn, but be- 
cause they wanted to trap Him and find excuse to crucify 
Him. One of these parables was the Parable of the Vine- 
yard. The Lord looks for fruit from His vineyard, and 
the fruit is the fruit of good works. The husbandmen who 
failed to cultivate carefully are to be destroyed and the 
vineyard is to be given to others. Jesus' words were pro- 
phetic. His parable was spoken against the Pharisees. 
He continued to teach to the very end. 

He finally met with His disciples to eat a last meal 
with them and to establish His last will and testament, 
which should be sealed with His own blood. Having given 
this legacy of love. He goes forth to Gethsemane to pray 
and to gain strength through communion with His Heav- 
enly Father for the ordeal through which He is to pass. 

What a different march is the march to Gethsemane 
from that of the triumphal entry — and this walk to Geth- 
semane is soon to give way to the weary carrying of the 
cross through the streets of the city on the way to Cal- 
vary. Did ever a city witness such scenes as these! It is 
because of these thrilling passion scenes that Jerusalem 
is the Holy City. Its very streets are sacred. The places 
where Jesus was, where He prayed, where He gave His 
body and His blood in the sacrament, where He knelt in 
the agony of prayer, wrestling with His trial until He 
sweat blood. How pr.ecious are these scenes to you and to 
me! 

We look upon the picture of the Holy City and the 
whole Scripture story comes vividly before our eyes. Our 
minds retain the impression more accurately .even than the 
film retains the moving picture. The scene is fresh and 
true. It is the power of the cross in the life of the Chris- 



tian, for has not Jesus Himself said, "I, if I be lifted up, 
will diaw all men unto me." 

We cannot look upon Jerusalem without thinking of 
Jesus. We cannot come to the time of the Passover with- 
out again in spirit going up with Him to the Holy City 
and reliving the passion scenes. We are looking again to- 
ward Calvai-y's cross. As we do, we say the words of Isaac 
Watts: 

When I survey the wondrous cross 
On which the Prince of Glory died, 
My richest gain I count but loss, 
And pour contempt on all my pride. 

Were the whole realm of nature mine, 
That were a present far too small: 
Love so amazing, so divine, 
Demands my soul, my life, my all. 



What Wondrous Love! 

I saw One hanging on a tree, 
In agony and blood; 
He fixed His languid eyes on me, 
As near the cross I stood. 

Sure, never, till my latest breath, 
Can I forget that look: 
It seemed to charge me with His death, 
Though not a word He spoke. 

My conscience felt and owned the guilt, 
And plunged me in despair; 
I saw my sins His blood had spilt 
And helped to nail Him there. 

Alas! I knew not what I did — 

But now my tears are vain: 

Where shall my trembling soul be hid? 

For I the Lord have slain. 

A second look He gave, which said, 
"I freely all forgive; 
This blood is for thy ransom paid, 
I die that thou may'st live." 

What wondrous love! Thy life to give 
That I might ransomed be; 
Had I thousand lives to live 
I'd live them all for Thee. 

— John Newton. 



Gratitude is one of the trifles that help make a little 
man a big man. 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 






National Sunday School Association Page 

Conducted by Rev. N. V. Leatherman 




The Ooerlooked Indiofdiial 



AN OBSCURE INDIVIDUAL having invented a device 
that would benefit millions of people needed someone 
of influence to help him get it before the public. Julia 
Ward Howe, knowing the merits of this man and his work, 
went to see her congressman in his behalf. The lawyer told 
Mrs. Howe that he was so busy looking after the interest 
of the whole nation that he had no time left for individ- 
uals. Mrs. Howe replied, "When God was last heard from 
He wasn't quite that busy." 

We find that Jesus was never too busy to give His at- 
tention to the individual. To Him there was no obscure 
person. Everyone was important regardLess of whether he 
wore rags or robes. A lost coin, a lost sheep, a prodigal 
boy, a Samaritan woman, were not too obscure to attract 
His attention. 

It is true Jesus preached to the crowds; taught in the 
midst of teeming multitudes. He also took time to talk to 
one individual, often obscure, as when he talked to the 
lone fisherman on the lake, or the woman at the well. Some 
of His greatest messages were given to individuals and 
not to the crowd, as in the case of Nicodemus. He did not 
forget the group; neither did He overlook the immense 
values locked up in the individual life of each person. 

After all, groups are made up of individuals, and many, 
if not all the great moral and spiritual movements of his- 
tory were started by some one person. To be sure, a teach- 
er is happy when he has a big class; a preacher when his 
congregation is large. Yet there is a danger that in the 
big class or big crowd that some obscure individual, who 
is in need of your personal attention, may be overlooked. 
Or a life, trembling with potential greatness, may be lost 
in the community, lost to the teacher and the preacher, 
beaten down by adversity, needing the divine touch and 
torch of another individual to awaken it to its own worth 
and to the inheritance provided for it by God. 

Is there an overlooked individual in your community? 
A man like that once lived in an eastern city. He was a 
kind of ne'er-do-well, a drinking man, shiftless, in jail and 
out, drifting from one job to another. The church could 
not reach him. It provided food for his family, clothes for 
his children, which was good as far as it went. But that 
kind of service didn't go far enough. It had no influence 
on the father. But there was an individual Christian in 
that church who still believed a man, any man, however 
far fallen into sin, was still worth more than all the worlds. 
So he went to see this man, not thinking of him as a charge 
on society, but as a human being, an individual whose life 
was loaded with possibilities for good. 

So he went to see him. He found him in a drunken stu- 
por. He aroused him, put his arm around his shoulder, 



and said, "John, you were made for better things than this. 
If you will only give your life to Jesus Christ, He will lift 
you above this, and make you a power for good." That 
overlooked individual rose up, pledged himself to a new 
life, became an eloquent orator and crusader, and by per- 
sonal magnetism and example drew thousands of men out 
of barrooms and gambling dens. His name was John B. 
Gough. 

Is there an overlooked individual in your class? Forty 
years ago, a country boy went to a southern city to find 
employment. On Sunday, lonely and discouraged, he went 
to church for comfort. He was overlooked in the big crowd. 
The next Sunday he went to a different church. Again he 
was overlooked. He remained for Sunday school, but was 
just a "visitor" in the class. The following Sunday, still 
alone and more homesick than ever, he tried another 
church. A good man met him at the door, asked his name, 
his business, and where he lived. He invited him to dinner 
after introducing him to church members and young peo- 
ple his age. That boy came back Sunday after Sunday. 
He was no longer lonely. He succeeded in his work, made 
money, joined the church. 

A few years ago when a new church plant was erected, 
he gave ten thousand dollars to the building fund. In mak- 
ing this gift, he said, "I'm giving this because when I 
came here a green, country boy, looking for work, and came 
to this church, Brother Johnson, now gone to heaven, took 
my hand, made me feel welcome, took me to his home, 
talked of my problems." That man today is taking the 
place of his hero, meeting other overlooked individuals at 
the door of the same church that took him in. 

In this day of mass movements, mergers, groups, huge 
crowds, it is easy to overlook the individual. To many of 
us, the big crowd counts; the one man, woman, boy, or 
girl do not mean much. The working man is just a "hand," 
a laborer, a small unit in a group so big that when he 
drops out he is not missed. An army of a half million men 
is something to talk about, but a Joyce Kilmer, dead in 
battle, is just a "casualty." But to Jesus, an obscure man, 
dead, so moved him with grief that He did something 
about it. He gave him back his earthly life. 

Every individual is important in God's sight. The least 
promising has potential greatness locked up in his life. 
A French artist was a person of no importance to his 
neighbors. Those in authority, in high office, the socially 
prominent, never invited him out to dinner. But one day 
this obscure painter purchased some paint and a brush 
with his last dollar and gave us the Angelus, which, in the 
course of time, sold for one hundred and five thousand dol- 
lars. 



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That immense values are going to waste in human lives 
all around us will not be questioned, we believe, by any- 
one. Buried talents may be found in every class, school, 
community; talents that would transform society were 
they put to work. Nor do most of these overlooked persons 
know they possess such talents. If the teacher does not 
find and help develop them they may never be used. 

Herein is the big opportunity of the techer. A teacher 
can do no greater work than that of arousing the individ- 
ual out of his self-depreciation and awakening him to his 
own vast possibilities as a human being made in the image 
and likeness of God. "A living dog is better than a dead 
lion," said a wise man; the lions of strength may still be 
found in sleeping students. To waken these lions is great 
teaching, and most of such awakening must be done by 
the method of individual and personal approach. 

Time given to the individual is not wasted. It may yield 
greater returns than that given to the crowd. In a special 
membership campaign, a minister spent three weeks and 
got only one convert, a boy of fourteen. This boy did odd 
jobs in the neighborhood in order to care for a widowed 
mother. The minister, a keen-minded man, saw possibili- 
ties in the boy. He gave him special attention. The "meet- 
ing" itself was considered a failure by those attending; 
three weeks and only one boy joining the church, and he 
just a "hired hand." But today that doy is one of the 
greatest preachers in America. 

Each and every moment a teacher spends with the in- 
dividuals of his or her class may be counted as time well 
spent, for out of the many hundreds thus touched, there 
will be sure to come some great and overpowering char- 
acter, who will find his place in the world to the salva- 
tion of other potential soldiers of the kingdom. The re- 
ward for time and interest thus given freely is abundant, 
not alone to the one so acting, but to the immortal soul 
of the individual so touched, and to the church and com- 
munity which he is serving. 

"Go ye, and make disciples," is still the command of 
the Master. — W. G. Montgomery. 



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NINE MEN WHO FORGOT 

THERE WERE TEN MEN. One man remembered, nine 
men forgot. I will tell you how it happened 

The Master was coming one day with His disciples near 
to a village when they noticed ten men coming toward 
them and calling out that word of warning which every- 
body in the Eastern countries dreads to hear, "Unclean!" 
It meant those ten men were all lepers. They could not 
live in their homes with their families and visit with their 
friends, but they lived out by the roadside where they 
begged their bread. 



When Jesus saw these ten lepers His heart ached for 
them. Back of each man He saw a broken-hearted wife 
or mother and sorrowing friends. The man on the right 
had been a big, strong workman, a carpenter perhaps, but 
now the ends of his fingers are dropping off with this 
awful disease. Off yonder in the village in a little cottage 
is a sad, brave, little mother fighting hard to keep the 
wolf from the door. Think what it would mean to have 
the father come back well and strong! 

The next leper is scarcely more than a boy. Perhaps 
he is sixteen. What dreams his father and mother had for 
him ! But